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Planning policy

Our planning policy team are responsible for a range of policy matters including the Local Plan.

Local Development Plans

West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027 (WLLP)

Under planning law, planning applications are to be judged against the development plan for the area, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.  The WLLP was adopted in October 2013 and is the current adopted Local Plan for the Borough.

Local Plan Review

We are also working on a review of the Local Plan, to ensure we maintain a flexible supply of deliverable sites for new development in the future.  We consulted on the scope of the Local Plan Review, and on 'Issues and Options' in spring 2017.  We aim to have a new plan in place in 2020.

Supplementary Planning Documents and other policy

In addition to the WLLP, other policy documents of relevance are:


If you wish to be kept informed of the latest planning policy consultation and news, you can register on our consultation database using the link below. 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The council has adopted a charging schedule for the 'Community Infrastructure Levy' (commonly called 'CIL') for West Lancashire. CIL allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to pay for a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This can include things like transport schemes, green spaces and the maintenance of new infrastructure.

It means that from 1 September 2014, developments that meet the requirements for CIL will need to pay a charge on commencement of development. 

CIL is administered using a set process, and there are penalties where the relevant notices and forms are not received, not received on time, or where the information supplied is inaccurate. Applicants and developers should understand all the requirements of CIL. 

Infrastructure Delivery

As part of the Local Plan preparation, the Council identified a range of infrastructure required to support the growth of the Borough. A database of infrastructure projects, called the Infrastructure Delivery Schedule (IDS), is maintained by the Council and updated on (at least) an annual basis. The IDS is used to help inform how CIL monies should be prioritised for spending. Further information can be found using the links below.

Local Development Orders

We adopted three Local Development Orders (LDOs) in March 2016, for sites in Skelmersdale: Findon, the former Digmoor Sports Centre and Delf Clough.

Brownfield Land Register

The Brownfield Land Register identifies brownfield sites that are considered suitable for housing or housing-led mixed use development.

Self and Custom Build

If you are interested in building your own home, you can join our Self-Build Register.

Neighbourhood Plans

Communities have the right to prepare neighbourhood plans, enabling them to have a say in the future of the places where they live and work. Burscough Parish Council is preparing a neighbourhood plan. 

Gypsy and Traveller accommodation

The Council needs to identify sites in a Local Plan to meet Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs. Until such land is allocated, Policy DE4 of the West Lancashire Replacement Local Plan 2001-2016 remains part of the development plan for the borough.

Evidence and research and other policy matters

The policy team are responsible for evidence and research, including the analysis of census data, project implementation and special policies and projects.

West Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan

This document has been prepared and adopted by Lancashire County Council, but ties into our Local Plan and CIL. More information can be found on the West Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan pages (external link). 

Other news