This webpage includes updates and information about the Joint Local Plan Examination.

Latest Examination updates

September 2023

Following the further hearing sessions, the Appointed Inspectors have published their report. Their report concludes that the duty to cooperate has been met, and that the Joint Local Plan - with the recommended Main Modifications, as set out in the Appendix to the report, is sound and capable of adoption.

The report is accompanied by an Appendix which contains the Main Modifications:

Read the Examination report

Part 1 of the Joint Local Plan will be considered for adoption at Full Council meetings in November 2023.

You can view a hard copy of the Examination report and Appendix, during normal office hours, at either:

Endeavour House

Russell Road




Customer Access Points at:

  • Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EN or
  • 54 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD

If you would like to contact us, please phone 0300 124 4000 (Option 5, then Option 4) or email

Please note that the Examination report is final. We are not inviting further comments on the report.

The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the Examination. If you made comments in writing - or took part in a hearing session - please complete our short online survey. This survey will be open for five weeks, until Thursday 26 October 2023.

Any comments you make will be confidential.

Examination hearings

The initial hearings took place from 22 September 2021 - 16 December 2021.

The further hearing sessions took place from Monday 26 June 2023 to Wednesday 28 June 2023.

Watch the hearing sessions on our Joint Local Plan YouTube channel.

Local Plan timetable (the Local Development Scheme)

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlined a Part 1 and Part 2 Joint Local Plan approved by both Councils in October 2022.

This has now been superseded by the new Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlined a Part 1 and Part 2 Joint Local Plan and sets out the revised timetable for the production of the Joint Local Plan. This LDS was approved by both Councils in November 2023.

Examination archive

Our Joint Local Plan Examination archive provides the history of the Joint Local Plan Examination between April 2021 - June 2023.

Joint Local Plan Examination archive

Core Document Library

Our Core Document Library contains all documents which relate to the Joint Local Plan Examination. It includes the Joint Local Plan itself, its evidence and all correspondence.

Access our Core Document Library