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 Therefore, whilst the current Local Plan is by no means out-of-date, we have started a 'review' of the Local Plan.
Preparing a Local Plan takes several years and involves a number of stages. The Local Development Scheme sets out our anticipated timetable for preparing the new Plan.
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 will consider the comments received from the consultation and use it to prepare the draft Local Plan, known as the Preferred Options Paper. The Preferred Options Paper narrows down the options and selects the Council's Preferred Option for each topic (ie how policy will address each key issue) as well as the preferred strategic option for how much new housing and employment development should take place and where. It is at that stage that site allocations, required to meet the development needs of the borough, will be identified and set out.
The Preferred Options Paper will be consulted upon and the feedback then used to prepare a final draft Local Plan, known as the Publication version. The Publication version is again made available for public comments, but those comments are submitted to a government-appointed Planning Inspector, along with all our documents, to be considered through an Examination of the Local Plan. The Examination involves public hearings. More detail on these will follow at the relevant times.