§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when his inspector will report on the Test valley local plan.
§ Sir Paul Beresford
The provision of information on inspectors reports on objections to development plans is the responsibility of the Planning Inspectorate. I have asked the inspectorate's chief executive, Mr. Christopher Shepley, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from C. J. Shepley to Mr. Michael Colvin, dated 3 February 1995
PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION No. 1036: 2 FEBRUARY 1995
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the Test Valley Borough Local Plan.
The long inquiry into objections to the Test Valley Borough Local Plan opened on 11 May 1993, and closed on 22 December 1993 after 100 inquiry sitting days and site visit days. Some 1,600 written objections were lodged in addition to those heard at the inquiry, which have to be examined by Inspectors and reported on with recommendations to the Council.
The report is expected to be issued to the Council in mid-February 1995. By using a second Inspector, this is several months in advance of the date by which the report would normally be expected given the scale of the inquiry and the large number of written objections to be considered.
In view of your interest I will arrange for you to be advised of the date of despatch of the report to the Council.