Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Craven District Council Local Plan Examination

The main source of independent information about the local plan examination, including details of the Planning Inspector, Programme Officer, examination hearings and the examination library.

The Council submitted their Plan to the Planning Inspectorate on 27th March 2018.

This page should be viewed alongside the Council's New local plan webpage from which the original submission library may be accessed. The submission library also contains a full set of representations submitted at the Local Plan Publication stage.

Further library items will be added to this Examination page as the Examination progresses and representors and other interested parties are encouraged to view it on a regular basis for new items and latest developments.

Latest news

  • 14 August - the Programme Officer has now mailed representors with details of the hearings programme and the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions. Library items EL1.003a-e relate.

The Inspector

Inspector Matthew Birkinshaw BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed, by the Secretary of State, to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan and to subsequently issue a report with his conclusions. 

The Programme Officer

All correspondence to or from the Inspector will be via an independent Programme Officer and Tony Blackburn will fulfil this role. Items should be sent to him, preferably by email, to 

or alternatively by post to him at the following address:

15 Ottawa Close

Additionally he may be contacted by telephone on 01254 260286.

Although this webpage appears on the Council's website, the Programme Officer will be responsible for its contents.

The hearings

The Inspector will hold a series of hearings as part of the Examination process and these are presently scheduled to run from 9-26 October at the Council’s Belle Vue offices in Skipton. The Programme Officer will liaise with all Publication stage representors with further details in due course. Any requests from additional parties should be sent directly to the Programme Officer.

Further Examination library items

Items added prior to the start of hearings - select an item from the following table to download a copy

Item Description Author
EL1.001a  A letter from the Inspector, dated 18.05.2018, providing initial questions to the Council  Matthew Birkinshaw, Inspector
EL1.001b A letter from the Council, dated 20.06.2018, providing responses to the Inspector's initial questions Craven District Council
EL1.001c Annex 1 to the Council's letter, dated 20.06.2018: Schedule of Omission Sites at Regulation 19 Craven District Council
EL1.001d Annex 1 [cont.] to the Council's letter, dated 20.06.2018: Omission Site Maps Craven District Council
EL1.001e Annex 2 to the Council's letter, dated 20.06.2018: Inspector Report Yorkshire Dales National Park Craven District Council
EL1.001f Annex 3 to the Council's letter, dated 20.06.2018: List of Sites within Flood Zone 2 or Flood Zone 3 Craven District Council
EL1.002 Email 260718 from Programme Officer to representors re hearings programme Tony Blackburn, Programme Officer
EL1.003a Email 140818 from Programme Officer to representors re MIQs etc Tony Blackburn, Programme Officer
EL1.003b Matters, Issues and Questions - 140818 Matthew Birkinshaw, Inspector
EL1.003c Examination Hearing Programme - 140818 Matthew Birkinshaw, Inspector
EL1.003d Examination Guidance Note - 140818 Matthew Birkinshaw, Inspector
EL1.003e Skipton Location Map - 140818 Craven District Council
EL1.004 Letter to Inspector re Main Modifications - 100818 Craven District Council