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This page includes up to date information on the forthcoming Local Plan Examination, including hearing dates, matters and statements. It will contain all documents, statements and other correspondence received or produced after submission.


Richard Schofield BA (Hons) MA MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the plan is sound. We expect the Examination in Public to take place in November 2019.

Programme Officer

An independent Programme Officer, Liz Sheard, has been appointed to assist the independent Inspector through the examination. Liz is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination and all future correspondence with respondents to the Local Plan regarding the examination will be via her.

Contact details:

By email -

By telephone: 0797 6292836

By post : Liz Sheard, c/o Planning Policy, The North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5BP.

All consultees will be notified and details of the Examination will be sent to those who made representations at Regulation 18 stage at least six weeks prior to its commencement.

A Core Document Library has also been prepared. This contains all relevant material relating to Plan preparation prior to the submission stage. It includes the submission documents, responses to the Pre-Submission draft, the evidence base supporting the plan, topic papers, and other relevant material.

Procedural Guidance on Local Plan Examinations is Available from the Planning Inspectorate.

Latest news

11 September 2019. The Inspector's Examination Guidance Notes and Matters, Issues and Questions for the Examination have been published. These have been sent out to those who made representations on the draft plan at Regulation 20 stage by the Programme Officer and are also available in the Core Document Library.

Full details of the examination (including timings) will be sent out at least six weeks prior to examination.