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The Local Plan Review

We need to make sure that we maintain a good supply of deliverable sites for development over coming years. This helps us to meet needs and demands flexibly and take advantage of any opportunities that arise - such as the new 'Liverpool2' (external link) deep water terminal. Therefore, whilst the current Local Plan is by no means out-of-date, we have started a 'review' of the Local Plan.


The Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The Local Development Scheme sets out our anticipated timetable for preparing the new Plan.

Please note that consultation on the Local Plan Review Preferred Options is envisaged to take place in autumn 2018, rather than June / July 2018, as stated in the LDS.

Preparing a Local Plan takes several years and involves a number of stages.  We are currently in the early stages of our preparation, as set out below. 


Gathering Evidence

The decisions we make have to be based on evidence.  The evidence we have collected to date can be found using the link below. We are continuing to collect evidence on things like our development and housing needs and we will publish that data in the future.


Issues and Options

Planning policies don't just consider land use - they aim to improve places for people and the environment; for example, by helping to lead healthy lives, encouraging social interaction, improving employment opportunities and reducing inequalities between different areas. 

We used our data to identify issues facing our towns and villages, and the Borough as a whole. We then set out a range of possible options to address weaknesses and threats, or to build upon strengths and opportunities. There are five 'Issues and Options' papers. We consulted on these papers from 16 March to 28 April 2017.


Scope of the Local Plan

Local plans can address a wide variety of subjects of relevance to the local area. Some matters are relevant nationwide (e.g. providing enough housing); some are relevant only to selected council areas (e.g. student housing). We consulted on the 'scope' of the Local Plan Review from 16 March to 28 April 2017. 


What happens next?

We are currently preparing the Local Plan Review Preferred Options Paper. This is effectively the 'Draft Plan' and will set out what we think are the most appropriate amounts of new development, and where it should go, as well as various policies.

We intend to consult upon the Preferred Options Paper in October / November 2018.  Following this, we will prepare a final draft Local Plan, known as the 'Publication version'. We will invite comments on this, and then submit the Plan and the comments to the government, who will appoint an independent planning inspector to publicly examine the Plan.

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Local Plan Team




01695 585171