1. Examination

Latest – Public consultation on Main Modifications to the DMP (6 March to 18 April 2019)

Examination Hearings into the Development Management Plan (DMP) were held from Tuesday 30 October to Thursday 8 November 2018. These hearings focussed on what the Inspector considers are the main issues fundamental to the soundness of the Plan.

Following the hearings, and in response to the Inspector’s Post Hearing Advice Note (ID-6), a number of proposed Main Modifications to the DMP have been identified. A Main Modification is an amendment which is considered necessary to make the DMP “sound”, and is required in order to address concerns raised by either the Inspector.

These Main Modifications are now published for public consultation to enable interested parties to comment on the proposed changes.

  • The consultation will run from Wednesday 6 March 2019 until 5pm, Thursday 18 April.
  • Comments must be received during this period and late representations cannot be taken into account.

A Schedule of the proposed Main Modifications (RBBC-DMP-008) is available to view below, along with updates to the Sustainability Appraisal (RBBC-DMP-010) and a Supplemental Note relating to Traveller Site Allocations (RBBC-DMP-009):

These documents are also available for inspection at the Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate, RH2 0SH (8.45-17.00 Mon-Thurs, 8.45-16.45 Fri) and at libraries across the borough during the consultation period.

What can I comment on?

Comments are invited on the Main Modifications to the DMP contained in the Schedule above only. Comments may also be made on the supporting SA Addendum and Traveller Site Allocations Supplemental Note.

Comments are not invited on any other aspects of the DMP and this consultation is not an opportunity to re-open other parts of the document which have already been considered at length through the examination. If you have submitted representations to previous DMP consultations, the Inspector has considered these during the examination and there is no need to make these again.

How to make comments

You can send us your comments in the following ways:

  • Fill in the online survey.  

  • Download a comments form, complete it and return it:
  • Request a comment form by calling 01737 276178 or collect one from the Town Hall in Reigate (between 0845-1700 Mon-Thu, and 0845-1645 Fri) or local libraries

Each of the Main Modifications has a unique reference number (MM*); this must be quoted when making representation.

If you have any queries about the consultation document, or the consultation process, or require any other assistance, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01737 276178 or email LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

What happens next?

All comments relating to the Main Modifications to the Plan will be submitted to the Inspector.

The Inspector will consider all the comments received. The Inspector has indicated that she expects to deal with the issues raised through the Main Modifications through written representations and that further hearing sessions will only be scheduled in exceptional circumstances.

The Inspector will then present her final conclusion in a report. If the report concludes that the DMP is ‘sound’, the Council can adopt the DMP, subject to making the Modifications identified.

Other documents

For completeness and clarity, the Council has also published alongside this Schedule updated versions of the Policies Map along with a series of Inset Maps showing each of the Main Modifications in detail.

These documents are published for information only, and are not subject to consultation, nor a matter for the Inspector’s consideration. The updated Policies Maps are available below:


Following submission of the draft Development Management Plan on the 18 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has appointed an independent Planning Inspector to conduct an examination into the “soundness” of the Reigate & Banstead Development Management Plan.

The appointed Planning Inspector is Helen Hockenhull BA(Hons) B.Pl MRTPI.

The Planning Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria within paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework 201 (National Archives website). The Inspector will also consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the duty to co-operate (Legislation.gov.uk website) and meets the legal and procedural requirements.

Throughout the examination period, the submission and examination material will be available to be viewed online and at the Council’s main office. Some documents are also available at libraries across the borough. Further information can be found on the submisison page.

Examination documents  

Date Stage Key documents
15 June 2018  - 28 June 2018

The Inspector's
Initial Questions

ID-1 - Initial questions for the Council  - Inspector's Questions to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council 15 June 2018

RBBC-DMP-001-Council Response to Inspector's Initial Questions (28 June 2018)

RBBC-DMP-001a - Housing Trajectory (28 June 2018)

17 August 2018 - 30 October 2018 Matters and Issues for Examination (Pre-Hearing)

ID-2 Schedule of Matters, Issues and Questions (17 August 2018)

ID-3 Examination Guidance Note (17 August 2018)

ID-4 Draft Hearing Timetable  (17 August 2018)

Examination Introduction Letter (17 August 2018)

RBBC-DMP-003-Minor Modifications Schedule to  the Submission DMP (20 August 2018)

RBBC-DMP-003a-Minor Modifications Track Change DMP (20 August 2018)

ID-4 V2 Draft Hearing Timetable (Updated 28 September 2018)

Representations to ID-2 Schedule of Matters, Issues and Questions (15 October 2018)

ID-4 V5 Draft Hearing Timetable (Updated 26 October 2018)

ID-4 V6 Draft Hearing Timetable (Updated 30 October 2018)

RBBC-DMP-SoCG01 RBBC and Natural England (30 October 2018)

RBBC-DMP-SoCG02 RBBC and Highways England (30 October 2018)

30 October 2018 - 9 November 2018 Examination Hearings

ID-4 V8 Draft Hearing Timetable (Updated 1 November 2018)

Matter 4 - Representor 1063 Reg. 19 Appendices (1 November 2018)

Matter 5 - High Court Judgement (Case No: CO/6376/2016) (1 November 2018)

Matter 5 - Copy of suggested MLS1 wording received from Representor 0136 (6 November 2018)

Matter 12 – Infrastructure Project FM7: Redhill  Flood Alleviation Scheme (6 November 2018)

Matter 1 - SEH7 compared to NWH1 and NWH2 in Flood Zones 2 and 3 (6 November 2018)

ID-5 Inspector Note regarding discussions around Matter 5b (6 November 2018)

List of Council's 'Action Points' arising from DMP Hearings - Week One (6 November 2018)

REP01480220001 Agreed Position Statement Redhill Garden Community Thakeham Highways England - 30 Oct 2018

Matter 6: Committee Report (PP:18/01134/F) as requested by Inspector (6 November 2018)

ID-4 V9 Reigate and Banstead DMP - Draft Hearing Timetable (Updated 6 November 2018)

Matter 8 - Site Maps as requested by Inspector for 2 sites related to the UOS Review

RBBC-DMP-004/a: Opening Statement

RBBC-DMP-004/b: Closing Statement

Matter 9 - Council's note re. Horley North West Sector and Infrastructure Provision

Full list of Council's 'action points'  arising from DMP Examination Hearings (Week One and Week Two)

22 November 2018 - Present Post-Hearing

RBBC-DMP-005: Council's Response to Hearing Actions with Appendices (22 November 2018)

ID-6: Inspector's Post Hearing Advice Note (18 January 2019)

RBBC-DMP-006: Council's Response to Inspector's Post Hearing Advice Note ID-6 (04 February 2019)

RBBC-DMP-007: Council’s response to ID/6 - DRAFT Schedule of Main Modifications for Inspector's comment (04 February 2019)

RBBC-DMP-006a: Council's Further Response to ID-6 (08 February 2019)

The comprehensive lists of Examination documents produced by the Planning Inspector and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council are listed below.