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Step 6: The submission version of the Local Plan

The version sent for independent examination.

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Once the local planning authority has considered all the representations received at the publication stage, it can amend the plan before submitting it to the Secretary of State to be considered by an independent inspector at an 'Examination'. This is called the submission version of the plan.

Often the local planning authority will make some minor amendments to the plan before they submit it, but only rarely are more substantial changes made. If more substantial changes are made they will be published for further consultation before the plan is submitted for examination.

The local planning authority is required to provide a written summary of all the issues raised, both during the engagement stage and publication stage to the inspector. They must also say how issues raised at the publication stage have been addressed in the plan.

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