Local Plan examination

Adoption: 7th December 2017

The District Council adopted the Local Plan on the 7th December 2017.  For more information click here.

Inspector's Report of the Local Plan Examination

The District Council has received the Inspector's Report on the Examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan which can be seen here. It concludes that the plan "is sound and capable of adoption" subject to some modifications.  The Schedule of Modifications can be seen here.

The Local Plan will be put before a special meeting of the District Council on the 7th December for formal adoption.

Please note: the Examination has now formally closed.

Local Plan Examination

Examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Notice of Independent Examination Hearing Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Statutory Instrument No.767 Regulation 24

The Examination Hearings commenced at 09.30am on Tuesday 9 May 2017 and closed on Tuesday 23 May. They took place in the Council Chamber of Matlock Town Hall. At the final session the Inspector outlined the next steps for the Examination which remained open until he produced his report. 

The District Council has published modifications to the Pre- Submission Draft Local Plan (August 2016).  You can see the Modifications here.  All representations on the Modifications have been forwarded to the Inspector.  A summary of the representations and the District Council response can be seen in the examination library.

The Inspector has now published his report on the Examination.

Submission December 2016

The Derbyshire Dales Local Plan and supporting documents were submitted to the Secretary of State on 19th December 2016. A copy of the Submission Letter is available to view below:

Local Plan Submission Letter to the Secretary of State (PDF 82KB)

The notice of submission statement is available to view below:

Notice of Submission of Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Statement (PDF 9KB)

The Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Mark Dakeyne BA(Hons) MRTPI as the Inspector to undertake the independent examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan. His role is to determine whether the Plan is sound and complies with all legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan's policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

Examination News

For news on the examination please visit our Examination News Page. This will be updated regularly

Hearing sessions

The Inspector conducted a series of public hearings as part of the examination process.  The hearing sessions (as part of the overall Examination) opened on Tuesday 9 May 2017.  The first week of sessions (Stage 1) took place on 9,10,11 May. They took place in the Council Chamber of Matlock Town Hall.

The hearings for Stage 2 followed on immediately and took place on 16-19 May and 23 May.

The Inspector's matters, issues and questions including the timetable for the hearings can be seen here;

Stage 1

Stage 2

The Hearing statements for Stage 1 and stage 2 have now been received and can be viewed on the Hearing statements page.

The agendas for Stage 1 are available on the Hearing agendas page.


The District Council has now considered all of the responses received to the Main Modifications, Additional Modifications and Policy Map Modifications. A summary of the representations submitted together with the District Council's response to the Main Modifications is available here.  All representations have now been forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration.  The District Council now awaits the receipt of the Inspector's report on the Examination in Public which is expected to be received late November.  Upon receipt and consideration of the Inspector's report, the District Council will publish details of the next steps.

Examination library

The Examination library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed the production of the Local Planning document. It also contains documents relating to the examination, and will be updated as the examination progresses.

A detailed summary of the duly made representations received on the Local Plan, is available to view on the Council’s consultation website here

A detailed assessment of the duly made representations in Plan order, with Council response, is available here

The Examination process

If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination will be carried out the Planning Inspectorate has produced a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice