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. This Plan's examination took place in 2012/2013; the Inspector found the Plan sound (subject to modifications) in September 2013. The Council adopted the Plan on 16 October 2013. 


Local Plan 2023-2040

(work recommenced)

We began preparing a new Local Plan for West Lancashire in autumn 2019. However, work was suspended in September 2020 owing to Covid and its impact on Council resources.  Work resumed in March 2021 following approval of a new timetable for the new Plan by Cabinet.


Local Plan Review 2012-2050


In 2016, we started work on a review of the West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-27.  This 'Local Plan Review' was intended to cover the period to 2050.  However, in September 2019, the Council's Cabinet made the decision to cease work on the Local Plan Review (LPR) and this Plan has effectively been withdrawn / abandoned.