A hearing has been arranged for the Inspectors to explore the main issues and questions relating to the legal compliance and soundness of the Brentwood Borough Council Local Plan 2016-2033.

Hearing sessions have already taken place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 December 2020
  • Friday 11 December 2020
  • Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 February 2021
  • Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 February 2021
  • Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 March 2021

Hearing sessions will normally run between 09:30 and 11:00, 11:30 and 13:00 and 14:00 and 15:30 each day.

The week 6 hearing sessions are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 27 July
  • Wednesday 28 July
  • Thursday 29 July

Further details can be found on the Notice of Commencement of Examination Hearings (Regulation 24) (19 October 2020) pdf.

The Guidance Note pdf, Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) for week 1 pdf and weeks 2 and 3 pdf hearing sessions and Draft hearing timetable for week 6 hearing sessions (updated 7 July) pdf from the Inspectors can be found on the Examination Document Library which contains all other relevant examination documents.

Hearing sessions will be taking place virtually by means of Microsoft Teams thus overcoming the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual hearing will be as similar as possible to a physical hearing in the way that it is run and will be conducted in a fair, open and impartial manner.

Participants will be invited to join their session using an electronic link sent in an invitation from the Programme Officer. For those invited to attend a virtual hearing event, further information will be provided in a guidance note for participants. Participants without access to the internet can dial-in to the virtual hearing by telephone. Please note that only those who made a valid representation against the Brentwood Local Plan 2016-2033 (Regulation 19 Public Consultation) have the right to speak at the examination.

Privacy notices relevant to those participating in the hearing sessions can be viewed using the links below:

The hearing sessions will be available for non-participants and the public to watch on the internet via YouTube. A link will be available on the examination homepage prior to the commencement of the hearing sessions. Those sessions which have been previously held can be viewed using the links below:

Week 1 hearing sessions (1st to 4th December and 11th December 2020)

Week 2 hearing sessions (2nd to 5th February 2021)

Week 3 hearing sessions (10th to 12th February 2021)

Week 4 hearing sessions (23rd to 25th February 2021)

Week 5 hearing sessions (9th and 11th March 2021)