1. Examination

Latest Update

On 9 July 2019, the Council received the Inspector's Report on the examination of the Development Management Plan.

The Report, which is available below, concludes that the Development Management Plan is 'sound' and legally compliant, and provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the Borough provided that a number of main modifications are made to it.

What happens next?

As the Inspector's Report concludes that the Development Management Plan is 'sound', the Council can proceed to adopt the Development Management Plan, subject to making the main modifications that the Inspector has identified.

It is anticipated that the Council's Executive will consider the Inspector's Report and final Development Management Plan and recommend it to Full Council for adoption in September 2019. We advise that you monitor this webpage for the latest information.


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 2012 (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.

Examination Hearings into the Development Management Plan 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 Development Management Plan have been identified. A Main Modification is an amendment that is considered necessary to make the DMP "sound", and is required in order to address concerns raised by the Inspector.

These Main Modifications were published for public consultation between 6 March and 18 April 2019. All responses received have now been collated and submitted to the Inspector for consideration. The documents made available during the public consultation can be found in the table below.

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 submission 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)

6 March-18 April 2019 Main Modifications Consultation documents

RBBC-DMP-008 – Schedule of proposed Main Modifications

RBBC-DMP-009 – Traveller Site Allocations Supplemental Note

RBBC-DMP-010 – Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Addendum

RBBC-DMP-011 – Habitats Regulations Assessment & Appropriate Assessment Addendum (HRA Addendum)

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