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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 2016/17

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).


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

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.


Baseline evidence: 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 looks at the different services and facilities in the various settlements in West Lancashire, and proposes a 'rank' for each.

Baseline evidence: Census 2011