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In December 2012, all three participating Councils approved the SWDP Proposed Submission Document for public consultation which ended on Friday 22 February 2013.

Approximately 600 individuals and interested parties responded. Many have made multiple representations and these are now being processed. All those that are duly made will be submitted to the Secretary of State who will appoint an independent Inspector to examine the SWDP.

The examination begins as soon as the plan is submitted. The Inspector will hold a number of hearing sessions, likely to be over a 3 week period during the summer. Each session will cover a topic (be it generic, policy or site specific) which the Inspector considers needs examining.

If you have indicated that you wish to participate at a hearing then every effort will be made to accommodate you. However on some matters numerous representations have been submitted, which raise very similar issues. Therefore you may be asked to group together, as it is unlikely that all those wishing to participate will be able to do so.

The hearing sessions are all open to the public to attend and observe.