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Supplementary Planning Guidance

Supplementary Planning Guidance notes (SPGs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) explain in greater detail how policies will be used to control development. They may be topic-based e.g. on open space, or may relate to a specific site, for example the former Atkinson Kirby site in Ormskirk.


SPGs were prepared under the old (pre-2004) Local Plan system. SPDs are prepared under the new Local Plan system (and previous Local Development Framework system). These perform a similar function to SPGs, but are prepared in a more rigorous way involving public consultation and a sustainability appraisal. However, both SPGs and SPDs currently have legal weight in West Lancashire and are part of our development plan. We use both types of document when determining planning applications.


Documents in progress

The Council are currently preparing supplementary guidance for a number of sites and topics. More details can be found by following the links below.



Finalised documents


Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs)

Older supplementary planning guidance

Informal guidance notes

These documents have no legal status but provide useful informal guidance:

Contact us

For further information contact the Planning Policy team

Email: localplan@westlancs.gov.uk1

Tel: 01695 585046

Last updated: 4/1/2014

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