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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 Therefore - whilst the current Local Plan is by no means out-of-date - it is important that we start work on a new Local Plan now.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 starting 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.

Through the Local Plan Review and preparation of a new Local Plan, we will need to:

  • revisit a wide range of supporting evidence; updating data and collecting new evidence as required
  • consider the evidence and its implications for local planning policy
  • consult extensively with stakeholders including: local residents and the general public; local business; planning professionals; other professionals; the development industry; neighbouring authorities; local authorities in the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester and Central Lancashire areas; infrastructure bodies and organisations, including utility providers; and other bodies and organisations with a specific interest in one or more topics that will appear in the Local Plan

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out our timetable for the preparation of a new Local Plan and associated local planning policy documents. There are a number of stages involved and we expect the process to take about four years. The LDS also allows us to monitor progress with the review and the preparation of the Local Plan as we move through the process.  Progress will be reported each year through our Annual Monitoring Report.

Evidence and consultation

Further information, including published evidence and information on consultation, will appear here at the relevant stages.