Neighbourhood planning

Burscough Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Examiner's Report

The Council has now received the Examiner's Report related to the Burscough Parish Neighbourhood Plan.  Having considered the Examiner's findings, the Council agrees with his recommendations to make certain modifications to the Burscough Parish Neighbourhood Plan and approves that modified Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum.  The Referendum will take place on Thursday 4th July 2019.

Submission and Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

Following the close of public consultation on the Submission Burscough Parish NP on 20 February, Borough Council officers collated the responses received and sent them, along with the Submission NP and supporting evidence, to an independent Examiner for consideration and examination.  The Examiner, Bob Yuille MSc DipTP MRTPI, is considering whether the NP meets legal requirements and 'basic conditions' and will issue a report on it to the Parish Council and Borough Council, who must publish that report.

On 7 March, the Examiner issued a letter clarifying procedural matters and setting out initial questions in relation to the NP.

The Neighbourhood Plan

The Burscough Parish Neighbourhood Plan (NP) covers the period 2017-2027 and is currently at an advanced stated of preparation.  The Plan and its accompanying 'Key Diagram' (showing site designations and / or allocations) are available for viewing or downloading:

The NP is supported by a range of evidence, including a Strategic Environmental Assessment and a Habitats Regulations Assessments.  This evidence has been used to inform the preparation of the document.  There is also relevant material in the West Lancashire Local Plan Review evidence base (for example the West Lancs Playing Pitch Strategy).

Public consultation took place on the Submission Burscough Parish Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for 6 weeks between Wednesday 9 January and Wednesday 20 February 2019 during which time 39 responses were received. A copy of those responses can be viewed below. 

Comments received through the consultation:


What happens next?

If the NP is satisfactory it can then proceed to a local referendum and if the majority of those who vote are in favour of the NP it can then be brought into legal force (this is called being 'made'). If the referendum outcome is favourable, the NP automatically becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area that it covers.


Previous stages in preparing the Burscough NP

The first stage in preparing the Burscough NP was to identify the area that it would cover. West Lancashire Borough Council's Cabinet approved the boundary of the Burscough NP area on 11 November 2014. This followed a public consultation, and Cabinet considered comments from the community before it approved the proposal. The neighbourhood area is exactly the same as the Burscough Parish boundary.

After the neighbourhood area was identified, Burscough Parish Council prepared a draft NP in consultation with the local community, including residents and local businesses.  The Parish Council undertook formal public consultation on a draft of the NP (called a pre-submission plan) for 8 weeks between 11 August and 6 October 2017. Subsequently, the Parish Council considered responses received to the consultation and made changes to the plan before producing the Submission Burscough Parish NP which is now being taken forward by the Borough Council. Public consultation took place on the Submission Burscough Parish NP for 6 weeks between Wednesday 9 January and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Further information on the background to the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found on Burscough Parish Council's website (external link).

What is neighbourhood planning?

Neighbourhood planning is a way for communities to help decide the future of the places where they live and work. Communities will be able to choose where they want new development to go, have their say on what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.

The Localism Act (2011) introduced the right for communities to prepare neighbourhood plans and established the Borough Council's responsibilities in that process. The Neighbourhood Planning Act (2017) extended those responsibilities further. The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations set out the procedure to be followed in preparing a neighbourhood plan.

A parish council or similar organisation leads on producing a neighbourhood plan, rather than the Borough Council. However, once a neighbourhood plan has reached an advanced stage of preparation, the body preparing it submits it to the Borough Council.  The  Borough Council is then responsible for taking the NP forward to completion (called being 'made').

So far, we have received just one application for a neighbourhood plan, from Burscough Parish Council. The Plan covers the Burscough Parish area.

Further information

Further information on neighbourhood plans can be found by following the links below (all external links):