Our Planning Policy team are responsible for a range
of policy matters including the Local Plan. Follow the
links below to find out more.
The Local Plan (2012-2027) Development Plan
Under planning law, planning applications are to be judged
against the development plan for the area, unless material
considerations indicate otherwise. The current development
plan is the West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027, adopted on the 16
October 2013. It is supported by the National Planning Policy
Framework and Supplementary documents and guidance.
The Council are consulting on the draft Open Space SPD (2014)
between Thursday 3 April - Friday 16 May 2014.
If you wish to be
kept informed of the latest consultation and news, you can register
on our new contact database. Please do not use the
consultation response forms to register on this database. Please
use the link below.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Council are considering introducing a 'Community
Infrastructure Levy' (commonly called 'CIL') for West
Lancashire. CIL allows local authorities in England and Wales
to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building
projects in their area. The money can be used to pay for a wide
range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of
development. This can include things like transport schemes,
green spaces and the maintenance of new infrastructure. The Council
have now submitted the Draft Charging Schedule for Examination.
View full details using the link below.
Masterplans, Supplementary Planning Documents and Development
We are preparing a new Open Space SPD, which will eventually
replace the current Open Space SPD (2009). We are consulting on the
document from 3 April 2014 until 16 May 2014.
The policy team are preparing a
Masterplan to support the policies of the Local Plan and
provide development guidance for the strategic site at Yew Tree
Farm, Burscough. The team are also preparing Development
Briefs for the sites at Firswood Road, Skelmersdale and Grove Farm,
Ormskirk which will give additional guidance for development on
Please note that consultation on the Masterplan and the
Development Briefs closed on Friday 21 March 2014.
Further information on the comments we received will appear
here in due course.
Further supplementary planning guidance can be found using the
Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation DPD
As part of the Local Plan Examination
process, the Inspector recommended that
Policy RS4 could not be found sound as
submitted. Therefore, Policy RS4 has been deleted
in its entirety from the Local Plan
and the Council has made a commitment to prepare a
separate Provision for Travellers
Sites Development Plan Document (DPD). An updated Local Development
Scheme was published in May 2013 which includes this commitment and
the anticipated timescales.
Until the Provision for Travellers Sites DPD is adopted by the
Council, Policy DE4 of the West Lancashire Replacement Local Plan
2001-2016 remains part of the Development Plan for the Borough.
Evidence and research and other policy matters
The Policy team are responsible for evidence and research,
including the analysis of Census data, project implementation and
special policies and projects. More information can be found by
using the links below.
Who to contact in Planning Policy