Green Belt Study
We have prepared a Green Belt study as part of the evidence base for our new Local Plan.
The purpose of the study is to assess parcels of land within the Green Belt around existing settlement areas, that may come under development pressure and to establish whether or not this land should still be included within the Green Belt designation.
Please note the following important points:
- The study is not a review of Green Belt policy - this remains unchanged
- The study does not identify land to be released from the Green Belt. Whether or not any sites are released for development is a decision that will be made as we prepare and consult upon our Local Plan.
The study was carried out alongside Knowsley and Sefton Councils (external link). They appointed independent consultants to validate each stage of the assessment process. In our case the assessment has been validated by Lancashire County Council.
The Green Belt Study
Addendum Following preparation of the study and a period of consultation in May/June 2011, the Green Belt Study was finalised and published in December 2011. Since this time, the Council has received a further submission containing more detailed comments. Although these comments have been submitted since the Green Belt Study was finalised, given that the preparation of the Local Plan is ongoing and the Green Belt Study is part of the evidence base that informs the preparation of the Local Plan, it is considered pertinent that the Council does take account of these comments and reviews those aspects of the Green Belt Study commented upon.
To this end, an Addendum to the Green Belt Study has been prepared that updates the assessment of some parcels within the study as a result of this review. The Addendum is available below and should be read alongside the main Green Belt Study
Consultation representations and council responses
Consultation on the draft West Lancashire Green Belt Study closed on 24 June 2011. The Consultation Report below details all comments that were received relating to the initial draft of the study and any supporting information submitted as an appendix to the document. The report also includes the Council’s response to each representation and any subsequent recommendations for amendments to the draft study in order to make it more robust.
Where reference is made to appendices within the representations, these are available in a separate document which can also be downloaded below.