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A MAJOR planning blueprint will be formally examined by a Government-appointed inspector from today.

Formerly known as the Core Strategy, the Local Plan lays down the main planning framework for the borough for the next 15 years and has been prepared by Hartlepool Borough Council following extensive public consultation.

It includes details of the aspirations for Hartlepool’s future development and what kind of changes will be needed to achieve these and how they will be brought about.

But before it can be adopted by the council, it must be subject to a public examination by a planning inspector acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The inspector will examine the Local Plan to check that it is sound and complies with all legal requirements and will consider any outstanding objections to it.

The Hartlepool Local Plan examination will be carried out by Government planning inspector Kevin Ward and will take place on weekdays from today until Friday 8th February.

It will be held in the Conference Facility in Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, and members of the public are welcome to watch the proceedings.

There will be two sessions per day, starting at 10am and 2pm.

The inspector’s findings will be published in spring and subject to Government approval, the proposed Local Plan would then be put before the full council for approval and adoption later next year.

For more information about the Hartlepool Local Plan Examination, contact Jim Riddle, programme officer for the examination, on 07740 493307 or e-mail jimriddle@tiscali.co.uk