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The Local Plan Review

We need to make sure that we maintain a good supply of deliverable sites for development over coming years.  We also need to be able to take advantage of opportunities such as the new 'Liverpool2' (external link) deep water terminal.  And we need to keep up with changing national policy. Therefore, whilst the current Local Plan is by no means out-of-date, we are working on a 'review' of the Local Plan. 

Preferred Options Consultation

We are consulting on the Local Plan Review Preferred Options for 9 weeks between Friday 12 October and Thursday 13 December 2018.   To read the preferred options document, book onto any of our events and/or make comments, please use the link below.


Viability Assessment

We are also consulting on the methodology for a Local Plan Viability Assessment, between Friday 12 October and Friday 9 November. The Viability Assessment will form part of our evidence base.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please follow the link below to find answers to some FAQs about the Local Plan


Previous stage: Issues and Options

We used our 'evidence base' data to identify issues facing our towns and villages, and the Borough as a whole. We then set out a range of possible options to address weaknesses and threats, or to build upon strengths and opportunities. We prepared five 'Issues and Options' papers and consulted on these papers in spring 2017.

Previous stage: Scope of the Local Plan

Local plans can address a wide variety of subjects of relevance to the local area. Some matters apply nationally (e.g. providing enough housing); some apply only to selected council areas (e.g. student housing).  Planning policies don't just cover land use - they aim to improve places for people, for example by facilitating healthy lifestyles, or improving employment opportunities; they should also help improve the environment.

We consulted on the 'scope' of the Local Plan Review in spring 2017. 


Gathering Evidence

The decisions we make have to be based on evidence.  The evidence we have collected to date can be found using the link below. We are continuing to collect evidence and will publish more in the future.


The Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out our anticipated timetable for preparing the new Plan. Preparing a Local Plan takes several years and involves a number of stages.