Examination Overview


We submitted our Draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on Friday 25 November 2022. On Friday 16 December 2022 the Planning Inspectorate appointed Jameson Bridgwater PGDipTP MRTPI to hold an independent examination of the Spelthorne Local Plan.

Week 1 of the Hearing Sessions were held between Tuesday 23 May 2023 and Thursday 25 May 2023.

Following the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 6 June 2023 where a motion was agreed to pause the remainder of the Local Plan examination hearings, the Chief Executive wrote to the Planning Inspector to put forward this request on behalf of the Council. The Chief Executive’s letter and the response from the Inspector can be found below:

Chief Executive’s letter to the Inspector – 7 June 2023
Inspector’s letter to Chief Executive – 8 June 2023

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer is responsible for the day to day administration of the examination before, during and after the hearing sessions; their role is to provide administrative support to the examination and provide the channel of communication between the Inspector, the LPA and the other participants in the examination outside of the hearing sessions.

Our Programme Officer is Charlotte Glancy

The Programme Officers contact details are:

Charlotte Glancy
Local Plan Programme Officer 
C/O Banks Solutions 
80 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1DD


Tel: 01903 776601
M: +447519 628064

What happens during the Examination process?

The Planning Inspectorate has produced a helpful series of short videos which explain the the Local Plan preparation and Examination process. These can be viewed on their YouTube channel by following the links below:

Local Plans 1: What is a local plan and how are they prepared?
Local Plans 2: The Local Plan Examination
Local Plans 3 -How can I have my say during a local plan examination? Written Statements
Local Plans 4: Hearing sessions
Local Plans 5: What happens after the hearing sessions?

Further information about the examination process can be found here:

Procedure guide for Local Plan Examinations
Local plans: taking part in examinations

Last updated on: 9 June 2023