LDP Examination

The Ministers of the Welsh Government have appointed Planning Inspector, Mr Richard Jenkins BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct the independent Examination to determine whether the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan (LDP) is ‘sound’.


As part of the Examination process the Inspector assesses the soundness of the LDP as a whole rather than responding to individual objections. The Inspector’s judgement is based on the evidence available, the representations made and the particular circumstances of the LDP and the area whilst having regard to the requirements of national policy.


The Examination page provides details of the Examination, including details of the Hearing Sessions that took place. It also contains the Examination Library where all relevant documents and correspondence submitted in relation to the Examination and Hearings Sessions can be viewed.


Inspector’s Report

On the 25 May 2017 the Council received the Inspector’s Report on the Examination into the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan.  The Inspector concluded that, subject to the changes set out in Appendices A to C of the Report, the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan 2011-2026 is sound.  The Inspector’s Report is available to view below. Publication of the report concludes the Examination process.


The Inspector’s report is binding and the Council will now incorporate the changes specified.  As required by the Local Development Plan Regulations 2005 (as amended), the Council will make arrangements to adopt the Local Development Plan within 8 weeks of receiving the report.



Hearing Sessions, Statements and Action Points 

Hearing Sessions 1-22 took place between January and April 2016.  However, to enable full consideration of the Council's responses to the Action Points and associated MACs, Hearing Session 23: Monitoring and Implementation was postponed and superseded by Hearing Session 26b: Monitoring Framework.  Following the MACs consultation the Inspector requested four additional Hearing Sessions 24-26b which were held in January 2017.


The Council's responses to the Action Points can be viewed via the individual Hearing Session webpages (see below).


The following list provides links to each Hearing Session and associated documents, including Hearing Statements and details of Action Points, which will be added to as the examination progresses:




Session 1:  Plan Preparation, Vision, Objectives & Strategy - Tues 19 Jan 16

Session 2:  Housing Provision - Wed 20 January 2016

Session 3:  Housing Provision (Duplicate Session) - Thurs 21 January 2016

Session 4:  Infrastructure & Delivery - Tues 26 January 2016

Session 5:  Economy & Employment - Wed 27 January 2016

Session 6:  Affordable Housing - Thurs 28 January 2016


Session 7:   Housing Allocations (1) - Tues 1 March 2016

Session 8:   Housing Allocations (2) - Wed 2 March 2016

Session 9:   Housing Allocations (3) - Thurs 3 March 2016

Session 10:  Housing Allocations (4) - Tues 8 March 2016

Session 11:  Housing Allocations (5) - Wed 9 March 2016

Session 12:  Settlement Boundaries & Green Wedge - Thurs 10 March 2016

Session 13:  Minerals & Waste - Tues 15 March 2016

Session 14:  Historic and Natural Environment - Wed 16 March 2016

Session 15:  Retail - Thurs 17 March 2016


Session 16:  Gypsy & Travellers - Tuesday 22 March 2016

Session 17:  Transport - Wednesday 23 March 2016

Session 18:  Miscellaneous Policy Matters - Thursday 24 March 2016


Session 19:  Alternative Sites (1) - Wednesday 13 April 2016

Session 20:  Alternative Sites (2) - Thursday 14 April 2016

Session 21:  Alternative Sites (3) - Tuesday 19 April 2016

Session 22:  Alternative Sites (4) - Wednesday 20 April 2016


Session 23:  Monitoring & Implementation - Thursday 21 April 2016

                   (Session superseded by Hearing Session 26b)




Session 24:  New Allocations - Tuesday 24 January 2017

Session 25:  Gypsy and Travellers (2) - Wednesday 25 January 2017

Session 26a:  Miscellaneous Matters - Thursday 26 January 2017

Session 26b:  Monitoring Framework - Thursday 26 January 2017

                (Session rearranged for Wednesday 1 February 2017 from 9am)


Close of Hearings


Hearing Statement Deadline

Wed 16 December 2015
Fri 5 February 2016
(Extended to Fri 12 February 2016)
Fri 19 February 2016
Wed 23 March 2016
Friday 6 January 2017 
Friday 6 January 2017 
Friday 6 January 2017 
Friday 6 January 2017 



Location Map of Examination Venues


Examination Library

The Examination Library will be updated throughout the Examination Process as required.

The Examination Library currently comprises:

  • Submission Documents – initial documents submitted for examination. These are documents prepared for and/or referred to in relation to the LDP (including the Council’s Evidence Base).
  • Further Submission Documents – other documents submitted following the Submission stage.
  • Examination Documents - documents and correspondence prepared / submitted in relation to the Examination. 

Pre-Hearing Meeting

A Pre-Hearing Meeting was held on Thursday 19 November 2015 in the Council Chamber at the Council’s Civic Offices,  Barry. The Note of Proceedings is available to view/download from the Examination Documents webpage.



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