Early reviews and local plans

Archived April 2016. This page will no longer be updated.


All is not lost just because a part of your plan might need a bit more work, or circumstances are unclear. Since the NPPF approximately one third of plans have been found sound but subject to an early review.  

In this note we've highlighted where a commitment to an early Local Plan review has been agreed by the Planning Inspectorate as a way of addressing some uncertainty towards the end of the plan-period or shortcomings in plans (which are not critical to the plan's soundness or legal compliance as a whole).  
This latter point is particularly important; a commitment to review cannot be used to resolve matters critical to the plan's strategy or legal compliance. It is not a panacea for addressing the difficult issues.