Development Plan Documents are examined by an Independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.
The Inspector will produce a report, the recommendations of which are binding on the local authority, and which the authority must publish. If there are serious problems with the plan the Inspector may find it to be unsound and require it to be redone and resubmitted. At present, eight local authorities have had their core strategies found unsound in this manner. These are:
Windsor and Maidenhead
The reasons why a plan is unsound are set out in the published Inspector’s report, details of which can be found on the web sites of the relevant local authorities.