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Local Plan Review Evidence Base

The decisions we make have to be based on evidence. Whether it's the number of houses we need to deliver, or the type of design features we will require in new buildings, evidence is essential for a Local Plan.  The evidence we have collected to date can be found below. We are continuing to collect evidence on things like our development and housing needs and we will publish that data in the future.

Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) 2017

The Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment, or SHELAA for short, considers the potential of sites for development in the future and how suitable or achievable they would be. We currently have over 500 sites in the SHELAA and will periodically be inviting people to submit any additional sites they think should be considered - this is often referred to as the 'Call for Sites'. We consulted on a draft 2017 SHELAA in March / April 2017 and hope to have a final SHELAA ready in autumn 2017.

Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) 2017

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) provides important background evidence regarding the infrastructure required to support development in the Borough, providing information on both current delivery and anticipated future requirements. It is prepared by working closely with infrastructure and service providers - including United Utilities, the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council. 

We are updating the IDP in two stages: Stage 1 looks at current infrastructure provision; Stage 2 will look at future infrastructure provision once we know where new development is planned to go.  Stage 1 is available now; Stage 2 will be prepared over 2017/18 in conjunction with the next stage of the Local Plan Review (Preferred Options).

The Infrastructure Delivery Schedule (IDS) 2018

The Infrastructure Delivery Schedule (IDS) is a list of all those projects required to support new development across the Borough. The latest IDS is published below.


Draft Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) 2017

An SFRA assesses the risk to an area from flooding from all sources (river and coastal, surface), now and in the future, taking account of the impacts of climate change; and assesses the impact that land use changes and development in the area will have on flood risk.  The draft West Lancashire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment provides up-to-date information on flood risk in West Lancashire and will inform policies and the future allocation of land, in order to manage and minimise the risk of flooding.

Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) 2017

The Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) has been carried out on the Council's behalf by consultants GL Hearn. It uses information from government statistics (for example, population and household projections) and from experts in fields such as employment forecasting to come up with an objectively-assessed need for housing and employment land in West Lancashire over the coming 20 years.

Baseline evidence:

Thematic Papers

The 'thematic spatial evidence papers' (TSEPs) summarise the initial, or 'baseline', evidence for the Local Plan Review.  Each paper covers a particular topic at a West Lancashire level.  These papers are being used to identify particular 'issues' in West Lancashire; these will be used in various ways, not least for the sustainability appraisal of the forthcoming process.

Spatial Papers

The 'spatial evidence papers' (SEPs) summarise the key evidence for the Local Plan Review by spatial area, and summarise the issues for that specific area.

The Sustainable Settlement Study

The Sustainable Settlement Study looks at the different services and facilities in the various settlements in West Lancashire, and proposes a 'rank' for each.

Census 2011

An Ageing Population in West Lancashire

This document examines the demographic trends in the Borough's ageing population, and the social and economic issues that the changes create.

Affordable and Specialist Housing Needs Study

This document looks at the needs for affordable housing, older people's housing, and accommodation for caravan and houseboat dwellers .

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment

This document sets out the accommodation needs from 2017-2037 of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in West Lancashire.

Retail and Leisure Study

This document looks at current and future needs for retail and commercial / leisure floorspace in West Lancashire.

Annual Monitoring Reports (AMR)

The Council produce an annual monitoring report which: reports on the Council's progress in preparing the Local Plan and other policy guidance; reports on any Local Plan consultation which has been undertaken; reports on S106 and CIL receipts and expenditure; and looks at the Borough's planning policies to see whether they are achieving their purpose using indicators and targets.


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