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Local Plan 2031: Examination

Independent examination - main modifications (March-May 2019)

The Tower Hamlets Local Plan is undergoing an independent public examination, following its submission to the government in February 2018. 

As part of the examination process, the government-appointed inspector (Mrs Christa Masters) invited comments on a number of proposed changes to the submitted plan (known as “main modifications”) to ensure it meets the requirements and procedures set out in national policy and legislation.

Main modifications are changes which the inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound and have been proposed following discussions at the Local Plan examination hearings which ran from 6-21 September to 11-12 October 2018. Find out more about the examination process

The consultation ran from 25 March until 5pm on 9 May 2019 and is now closed.

This consultation was on the proposed Main Modifications only and not on matters relating to other aspects of the Plan, which have already been considered by the Inspector during the Examination process and/or hearing sessions. The Inspector will consider all relevant responses and present her findings and recommendations on the examination in a final report.

See schedule of responses (table revised 1 July 2019) to the Main Modification consultation. Full representations are as follows:

Whilst not forming part of the consultation, a number of additional modifications (e.g. typographical errors, clarifications and factual updates) to improve the clarity of the Local Plan was proposed.

For ease of reference, you can view a tracked change version illustrating how the proposed modifications to the Local Plan have been incorporated into the Local Plan.

The revised Policies Map (reflecting the proposed changes as set out in the schedules) are also available to view in interactive or PDF format.  This illustrates the emerging policies and proposals set out in the Local Plan.

Other relevant documents relating to the examination of the Local Plan can be found from our examination library webpage.

If you have any queries regarding the examination process, please contact the programme officer in the first instance.

Charlotte Glancy

C/O Banks Solutions
80 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1DD
Tel: 01903 776601
M: +447519 628064

Next steps

If the inspector finds the Local Plan sound and legally compliant, we will proceed to formal adoption. 

For more information on the Local Plan and other relevant planning documents, please contact us via localplan@towerhamlets.gov.uk or 020 7364 5000.