The Local Plan

West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027

(current adopted plan)

The West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-2027 guides planning and development in the Borough. The Local Plan examination took place in 2012/2013; the Inspector found the Plan sound (subject to modifications) in September 2013. The Council adopted the Local Plan on 16 October 2013. 


Local Plan 2023-2038

(work commenced)

We began preparing a new 15-year Local Plan for West Lancashire in autumn 2019. However, work was suspended in September 2020 owing to uncertainty over the government's Planning White Paper and how to consult whilst Covid-related restrictions are in place.  Timescales are currently unknown.  We will update the website once work recommences.


Local Plan Review 2012-2050

(work stopped)

Work on a review of the Local Plan started in 2016. In September 2019, the Council's Cabinet made the decision to cease work on the Local Plan Review (LPR) to give the authority more time to consider the best proposals for the future of West Lancashire.  As a result, the LPR Preferred Options consulted upon in autumn 2018 (a plan to 2050) have effectively been withdrawn.