Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents/Guidance

There are a number of supplementary and information notes which add more detailed guidance to policies in the Adopted Local Plan. They have been subject to public consultation and are material considerations in the determination of planning applications.

We are currently working on a number of new and updated Supplementary Planning Documents.  In the past few years, a number of Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance notes have been revoked:

Revocation Statement - June 2016 (pdf 192KB)
Revocation Statement – September 2017 (pdf 191KB)
Revocation Statement – June 2018 (pdf 197KB)

The Affordable and Special Needs Housing and Housing Mix SPD was adopted on 21/06/2018.

This SPD provides more detailed guidance regarding policies HC1 ‘Affordable and special needs housing’ and HC2 ‘Housing type, mix and choice’ of the Sefton Local Plan. These policies seek to meet identified affordable housing and special housing needs in the Borough and to make sure there is a sufficient mix of appropriate homes.

Affordable and Special Needs Housing and Housing Mix SPD (pdf 651KB)
Affordable and Special Needs Housing and Housing Mix SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 243KB)
Affordable and Special Needs Housing and Housing Mix SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 335KB)
Affordable and Special Needs Housing and Housing SPD - SEA and HRA Screening Statement (pdf 817KB)

This SPD sets out guidance on how the development of uses with the potential to cause harm to health and wellbeing should be controlled within Sefton. Through a process of scoping this has come to include hot food takeaways and betting shops.

Control Of Hot Food Takeaways And Betting Shops SPD (pdf 1.04MB)
Control Of Hot Food Takeaways And Betting Shops SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 239KB)
Control Of Hot Food Takeaways And Betting Shops SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 297KB)
Control Of Hot Food Takeaways And Betting Shops SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 774KB)

This SPD sets out detailed planning guidance for the development of Crosby Centre, which Sefton Council has identified as a regeneration priority and for promoting new investment.

While the SPD sets out more detailed guidance in relation to Local Plan polices, it has been informed by the recommendations of the Crosby Investment Strategy (Nexus, 2015), and associated stakeholder and public consultations.

Crosby Centre SPD (pdf 5.09MB)
Crosby Centre SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 238KB)
Crosby Centre SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 228KB)
Crosby Centre SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 858KB)

Sustainability in design

We are keen to make sure that development in Sefton is as sustainable as it can be. This benefits local people and local businesses as well as the environment, and can help to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the Design SPG include a lot of guidance on sustainability in design, and key sustainable design policies are also included in the Unitary Development Plan. National and regional planning policy also promotes sustainability in design.

We have drawn together the key elements of the national and local policy and guidance into one note on Planning policy and guidance relating to sustainability in design: sustainable design / climate change / environmental design issues. This is to help developers make sure that development schemes are as sustainable as practicable.

Part 1: Key design principles (pdf 290KB)
Part 2: Site design, layout and access (pdf 372KB)
Part 3: Design of buildings and structures (pdf 339KB)
Part 4: Sustainability and Eco-Homes (pdf 448KB)
Bootle settlement character plan (pdf 206KB)
Bootle settlement character plan map (pdf 1.75MB)
Crosby settlement character plan (pdf 164KB)
Crosby settlement character plan map (pdf 3.61MB)
Formby settlement character plan (pdf 158KB)
Maghull-Aintree settlement character plan (pdf 174KB)
Southport settlement character plan (pdf 199KB)
Formby settlement character plan map (pdf 1.53MB)
Maghull-Aintree settlement character plan map (pdf 3.61MB)
Southport settlement character plan map (pdf 3.12MB)

The Flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) SPD was adopted on 21/06/2018.

The SPD provides more detailed guidance on how the Council will assess planning applications for flats and Houses in Multiple Occupation, especially in relation to policy HC4 “House extensions, Houses in Multiple Occupation and Flats’ of the Sefton Local Plan.

Flats And HMOs SPD (pdf 1.11MB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 243KB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 233KB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - HRA Screening Statement - statement (pdf 93KB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - HRA Screening Statement – Plan 1 (pdf 1021KB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - HRA Screening Statement – Plans 2-4 (pdf 893KB)
Flats And HMOs SPD - HRA Screening Statement - Appendices (pdf 159KB)

The House Extensions Supplementary Planning Document was adopted on 21/06/2018.

The SPD provides more detailed guidance on how the Council will assess planning applications for house extensions and related household development, especially in relation to policy HC4 “House extensions, Houses in Multiple Occupation and Flats’ of the Sefton Local Plan.  It sets out principles and standards that extensions should meet to prevent harm to neighbours and the character of the local area.   

House Extensions SPD (pdf 1.81MB)
House Extensions SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 281KB)
House Extensions SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 278KB)
House Extensions SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 746KB)

The Land East of Maghull site is allocated by Local Plan policy MN2.47 as a strategic mixed use site for a minimum of 1400 homes and a 20 ha (net) employment area and supporting infrastructure.

Local Plan policy MN3 ‘Land east of Maghull’ sets out site-specific requirements for the development of the site. These include the need for development to be consistent with a Council-approved Master Plan for the whole site which should accord with policy MN3 and any associated SPD.

The SPD provides more detailed guidance in relation to policy MN3 and sets out what the Master Plan document should contain.

Land East of Maghull SPD (pdf 3.48MB)
Land East of Maghull SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 244KB)
Land East of Maghull SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 410KB)
Land East of Maghull SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 1009KB)
Land East of Maghull SPD Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report (pdf 878KB)

Sefton has a wealth of natural assets that have been recognised for their importance and function locally, nationally and internationally.  These are part of the Liverpool City Region Ecological Network.  The Nature Conservation SPD aims to provide clear guidance to applicants, developers and other stakeholders on how the Council will deal with planning applications which may result in a likely significant effect on an internationally important nature site or which may affect other designated sites of nature and/or geological conservation importance, Priority Habitats, legally protected species and/or Priority Species, including invasive species. This includes how an applicant could meet their responsibility to avoid harm, deliver mitigation and/or compensatory provision.

Nature Conservation SPD (pdf 980KB)
Nature Conservation SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 244KB)
Nature Conservation SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 302KB)
Nature Conservation SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 781KB)

Further information especially regarding paragraph 3.28 of the SPD is set out in the Information Note ‘At what dwelling threshold should housing development mitigate increased recreation pressure on the Sefton Coast?’ (2018); see below in Information Notes section.

The New Housing Supplementary Planning Document was adopted on 21/06/18.

The SPD provides more detailed guidance on how the Council will assess planning applications for new housing, especially in relation to policy HC3 ‘Residential development and Primarily Residential Areas’ in the Sefton Local Plan.  The document sets out the principles and standards that new housing developments should meet to ensure that that new developments are high quality and respect and enhance the surrounding area.  

New Housing SPD (pdf 691KB)
New Housing SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 282KB)
New Housing SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 303KB)
New Housing SPD - SEA and HRA Screening Statement (pdf 736KB)

The Open Space SPD relates to a number of Local Plan policies. The SPD provides guidance to assess whether an open space or an outdoor sports and recreation facility is surplus to requirements and what constitutes appropriate replacement provision, in relation to policy NH5 ‘Protection of open space and Countryside Recreation Areas’. The SPD also sets out what public open space provision and strategic paths the Council expects in new housing developments in relation to policy EQ9 ‘Provision of public open space, strategic paths and trees’, brings together the open space requirements under EQ9 and NH5 for Local Plan allocated housing sites and sets out broad design principles and expectations for management and maintenance of open space.

Open Space SPD (pdf 1.76MB)
Open Space SPD - Adoption Statement (pdf 245KB)
Open Space SPD - Consultation Statement (pdf 436KB)
Open Space SPD - SEA & HRA Screening Statement (pdf 820KB)

At what dwelling threshold should housing development mitigate increased recreation pressure on the Sefton Coast? (2018)

The Council approved this Information Note on 8th March 2018.  The Information Note sets out the threshold for the number of new dwellings which triggers the need for mitigation of recreation pressure on the Sefton Coast, and relates especially to paragraph 3.28 of the Nature Conservation SPD and the Habitats Regulations as amended.

HRA Recreational Pressure - Information Note (pdf 73KB)
Information Note - Summary of comments (pdf 344KB)

 

Guidance Contributions towards education provision Information Note (2017)

The Council approved the Information Note ‘Contributions towards education provision: A Guide for developers’ on 14th September 2017. This relates to Local Plan policy IN1 ‘Infrastructure and developer contributions’. The public were consulted on the draft Information Note between March and May 2017. Comments received were taken into account in the preparation of the final Information Note.  Please note the education contribution has been updated to 2018/19 levels.

Contributions Towards Education Note (pdf 384KB)

 

Guidance Note on Development in Minerals Safeguarding Areas (2017)

The Council approved the ‘Guidance Note on Development in Minerals Safeguarding Areas’ on 14th September 2017. Minerals Safeguarding Areas relate to Local Plan policy NH8 ‘Minerals’. The public were consulted on the draft Guidance Note between March and May 2017. Comments received were taken into account in the preparation of the final Guidance Note. 

Minerals Guidance Note - September 2017 (pdf 254KB)
Consultation Statement (2017) (pdf 199KB)

 

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Flood Risk Information Notes (2018)

The SuDS and Flood Risk Information Note was approved on 26 July 2018, following public consultation. Comments made during the consultation are shown below. The Information Note draws together the requirements of Local Plan policy EQ8 'Flood risk and surface water', the National Planning Policy Framework and existing Environment Agency and national planning guidance.

Flood Risk Information Note FINAL (pdf 1.34MB)
SuDS & Flood Risk Info Notes Summary Of Comments (pdf 429KB)

The following documents, also approved on 26 July 2018, set out the flood risk and surface water drainage information required to be submitted as part of planning applications for major development, and which may be helpful for some other development proposals. They incorporate the Lead Local Flood Authority's requirements. Public consultation also took place on these SuDS technical requirements. Comments made during the consultation are set out above.

Sustainable Drainage Completing Your Pro Forma FINAL (pdf 448KB)
PRO FORMA 1 Planning Applications FINAL (pdf 288KB)
PRO FORMA 2 Discharge Of Conditions FINAL (pdf 279KB)

 


Last Updated on 12 July 2018