The Core Strategy and Development Plan (2015- 2033) was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on the 21 December 2018. All updates about the examination process, including the timetable and available information will be made available via this page.

Planning Inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed Mark Dakeyne BA(Hons) MRTPI as Planning Inspector to conduct the Examination in Public.

Programme Officer

An independent Programme Officer, Kathryn Stule, has been appointed to assist the independent Inspector through the examination. She is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination and all future correspondence with correspondence to the Plan regarding the examination will be via her.

Kathryn Stule

Room 2.68

Civic Centre

Burdon Road



Tel: (0191) 561 1577



Latest Examination News:

14.03.19 - The Inspector's preliminary questions to the Council and guidance notes for representors have been published below (EX1.005 and EX1.007).  These documents include a possible programme for the hearings.

21 December 2018   

Icon for pdf EX1.001 Letter to Secretary of State [794.95KB] 

Icon for pdf EX1.002 Notice of Submission of the Sunderland Core Strategy and Development Plan 2015 [543.7KB] 

Icon for pdf EX1.003 Letter to Consultees [569.6KB]

8 January 2019

Icon for pdf EX1.004 Appointment Inspector LPA [507.55KB]

15 January 2019

Appendix K has been added to SD.22, this document formed part of the consultation documents in June 2018.

Items Added Prior to Start of Hearings

Icon for pdf EX1.005 Preliminary - Matters Issues and Soundness (Final) [1.02MB] - Inspector - 11.03.19

Icon for pdf EX1.006 Programme Officer - Initial Letter to Representors [664.4KB] - Programme Officer - 14.03.19

Icon for pdf EX1.007 Examination Guidance Note [978.22KB] - Inspector - 14.03.19

Icon for pdf EX1.008 Response from Council to Inspector's Initial Questions - Final [1.55MB] - Council - 18.03.19