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Evidence and research

The evidence base

It is vital to gather together a robust evidence base. This means up-to-date and comprehensive information on a range of subjects including population, housing, employment, retail, social characteristics and the environment.

All the studies prepared to inform the Local Plan can be found below under the relevant topic heading. The Local Plan Evidence Papers provide a summary of all the background data and study results by theme (e.g., population) or by spatial area (e.g., Ormskirk).


Please note - the material below is part of the background evidence for the 2012 Local Plan.  More up-to-date evidence is being prepared for the new Local Plan Review; this may supersede the documents linked to below.


Evidence base links:


Further information can also be found through the Annual Monitoring Reports.


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Helen Hatch

CIL/S106 & Research Officer


01695 585171