THE inspector reviewing Maldon’s long-delayed Local Development Plan has taken the decision to send the plan out for consultation again.

Planning inspector Simon Berkeley is finalising his report, which will be sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for a final decision on adopting the plan.

In May 2014, previous inspector David Vickery stopped examination of the plan, which sets out where homes, infrastructure and other developments should be built in the district until 2030.

He was unhappy about the lack of traveller sites provided.

The decision was overturned last March after the council called in the decision to the government.

But the secretary of state agreed with Mr Vickery that there were in- sufficient traveller sites proposed.

Hearings into the plan restarted in January.

Mr Berkeley has now instructed the council to undertake a consultation on the main modifications to the plan following the hearings and the final sustainability appraisal report.

Comments are also being sought on the council’s response to the neighbourhood plan summary, housing trajectory and infrastructure delivery plan update, rural employment allocations evidence base and an updated retail study evidence.

Nadine Daines, of Maldon District Council, said: “We are in a unique situation as the plan has been called into the secretary of state.

“We have now been instructed by the inspector to go out to consul- tation on the main modifications which arose during the hearings.

“They will be out for consultation for six weeks.

“The responses that are received will be sent immediately to the inspector — the council will not have an opportunity to respond.”

The consultation begins tomorrow and will end at 4pm on April 28.

The secretary of state will make a ruling on the plan after receiving the inspector’s report. However, no timescale for the decision has been given.

A spokesman for the council added: “This is a focused consultation.

“Any response which refers to other aspects of the Local Development Plan, including earlier modifications will not be considered.”

The documents can be viewed at www.maldon.gov.uk, at libraries in the district and at the council offices in Princes Road, Maldon.

Send comments to Strategic Planning Policy Manager, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL or by email to policy@maldon.gov.uk