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The Local Plan

What is the Local Plan?

The West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027 DPD guides planning and development in the Borough. The Local Plan was considered by an Independent Inspector at an examination in public held in February-March 2013. The Inspector’s Report was published on 26 October 2013 which concluded that the Local Plan is sound and legally compliant, subject to the Inspector’s recommended main modifications.  The adopted Local Plan incorporates the modifications recommended by the Inspector.

The Local Plan was adopted by the Council on 16 October 2013

The Local Plan Review

It is important to ensure that the Local Plan is maintaining a supply of deliverable sites for new development, and that the supply enables the demand and need for different types of new development to be met in a flexible way. In addition, national planning policy is always changing. Therefore - whilst the current Local Plan is by no means out-of-date - it is important that we start work on a new Local Plan now. We are beginning a Local Plan Review to identify which Local Plan policies need updating in light of new evidence or changes to national policy, and whether more land needs to be made available for development in the borough as a result. This will lead to the preparation of a new Local Plan.

The Local Plan Review, and preparation of a new Local Plan, will be a long process, taking around four years, and so it is important the process is planned properly. The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan and associated local planning policy documents. The LDS also enables us to monitor our progress as we move through the process.

Historic Local Plans

The Local Plan 2012-2027 replaces the West Lancashire Replacement Local Plan 2001-2016, adopted in 2006. The 2001-2016 should be used for reference only.