Local Plan

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan will shape the future of Sefton for years to come. It sets out how new development will be managed in the period from 2015 to 2030, it encourages sustainable development and economic growth and it gives current and future generations more opportunities to live and work in Sefton’s outstanding environment.



The Council adopted the Local Plan at its meeting of the Full Council on Thursday 20th April 2017.

The Local Plan documents are:

Local Plan for Sefton [written document] (pdf 4.18MB)
Southport Policy Map (pdf 7.43MB)
Formby Policy Map (pdf 3.28MB)
Carr Houses Inset Map (pdf 256KB)
Bootle and Crosby Policy Map (pdf 5.42MB)
Sefton East Parishes Policy Map (pdf 4.86MB)
Local Plan Adoption Statement (pdf 197KB)

Copies of the Local Plan (including the maps) are available to purchase for £70. The cost for Sefton residents and local groups is £35.

Other key documents

Inspector's Report (pdf 731KB)
Inspector's Report - Main Modifications Appendix (pdf 1.5MB)
Sustainability Appraisal Report (pdf 454KB)
HRA Report of Publication Draft Local Plan (2015) (pdf 1.93MB)
HRA Report of Proposed Modifications to the Draft Local Plan (2016) (pdf 1.32MB)
Sefton UDP Revocation Statement (pdf 289KB)

Preparation of the Sefton Local Plan

The Local Plan has been prepared over a number of years. The key stages were as follows:

  • Issues stage - 2009: consultation on a range of issues facing Sefton
  • Options stage - 2011: three options – ‘urban containment’ / ‘meeting identified needs’ / ‘optimistic household growth’. Consultation May-July 2011.
  • Preferred Option stage – 2013: based on the strategy of meeting identified needs. Consultation July-September 2013. 
  • Publication Draft Plan – 2015: closely based on meeting identified needs, adjusted to take account of the then latest (2012-based) population projections. Consultation January – March 2015. 
  • Submission stage – 2015 to adoption 2017: Submission draft Plan closely based on meeting identified needs, taking account of the 2012-based population projections. The draft Plan was submitted in August 2015. Hearings were held in November and December 2015 and January 2016 and the Inspector issued initial findings in February 2016. Proposed Modifications to the submitted Local Plan were published by the Council in June 2016. Consultation on Proposed Modifications June – August 2016. Further hearings took place in November 2016 and the Inspector’s note was published in January 2017. The Inspector’s final report was received in March 2017.


Last Updated on 14 June 2018