Stage 3 – Independent Check

3. Independent Check

Once a neighbourhood plan has been completed, it will have to be submitted to the local authority and then be subjected to an independent examination. This will make sure that the proper legal process has been followed and that the plan meets the basic conditions, including general conformity with strategic local policies.

Milton Keynes Council appointed an independent examiner, Mr John Slater, to review whether the Olney Plan was in general conformity with higher level plans, and if so, whether it should proceed to referendum.

The Examiner, Mr John Slater, has recommended that the Olney Neighbourhood Plan, as modified by his recommendations, should now proceed to referendum.  He has also concluded that the plan, if amended in line with his recommendations, meets all the statutory requirements.

Details of the examiners report can be found here


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