Inspector’s documents

Following submission of the Crawley borough Local Plan, two Planning Inspectors have been appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State to independently examine the Local Plan: David Spencer BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI and Glen Rollings BA (Hons) MAUD MRTPI. The inspectors' task is to consider the soundness of the Submission Local Plan and whether it is legally compliant.


Consideration of the soundness of the Local Plan will be based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). These criteria look at whether the plan is:

Positively prepared

Providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to:

  • meet the area's objectively assessed needs
  • is informed by agreements with other authorities so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development


An appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives and based on proportionate evidence.


Deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground.

Consistent with national policy

Enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework.

Inspector’s correspondence

Correspondence and documents provided by the Planning Inspector throughout the examination will be published below as we receive them.

The Inspectors have reissued their matters, issues and questions. The amended areas are highlighted.