Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Development Plans are a new part of the Development Plan that were introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

They sit below the Local Plan, which will provide the strategic context for the Neighbourhood Development Plan. They provide more detailed guidance about a local area.

Map showing the designated Neighbourhood Development Plan areas in Sefton


Neighbourhood Development Plans should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development in the area they cover.

They must address the development and use of land. This is because if successful at examination and referendum the Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the statutory development plan once it has been made (brought into legal force) by the planning authority. Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Neighbourhood planning can inspire local people and businesses to consider other ways to improve their neighbourhood than through the development and use of land. They may identify specific action or policies to deliver these improvements. Wider community aspirations than those relating to development and use of land can be included in a Neighbourhood Development Plan, but actions dealing with non land use matters should be clearly identifiable. For example, set out in a companion document or annex.

Policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan cannot be used to block development in the Local Plan, although they can promote more development. Where policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Local Plan cover the same topic, the last plan that became part of the Development Plan takes precedence.

Neighbourhood Development Plans are prepared by the local community. Where there are Town or Parish Councils, they will normally take the lead in preparing any plans in their areas. In other areas a Neighbourhood Forum will be established to prepare the Plan.

Sefton Council will help any community wishing to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  We have prepared a protocol setting out what we will do and what we expect of groups proposing to prepare a neighbourhood development plan. 

The Localism Act also places a legal duty on local planning authorities to give advice or assistance to parish councils or neighbourhood forums that want to undertake neighbourhood planning but this is not defined.

The Government has committed £50million nationally to 2015 to help local groups undertaking Neighbourhood Planning.

The basic conditions that a draft Neighbourhood Plan or Order must meet if it is to proceed to referendum are are set out in section 11 of the National Planning Policy Guidance.

Once you have prepared your Neighbourhood Development Plan and it has been independently examined, we are required to hold a referendum before it can be adopted and form part of the Development Plan. This has to be carried out in accordance with The Neighbourhood Planning (referendums) Regulations 2012

If you would like more information please phone 0151 934 3556 

Lydiate Parish Council submitted an application to Sefton Council on 6th July 2015 to have Lydiate parish designated as a ‘neighbourhood area’ for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The application was approved on 25th September 2015.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan will be developed by the Parish Council in consultation with the local community. This will ensure that the plan is community led.

The Neighbourhood Plan has to comply with basic conditions which are specified by the Government. These are set out on the http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/neighbourhood-planning/the-basic-conditions-that-a-draft-neighbourhood-plan-or-order-must-meet-if-it-is-to-proceed-to-referendum/ website. Once the plan has been through a referendum, it will be used for Development Management purposes and will supersede any parts of an existing Sefton UDP or Local Plan that has conflicting policies.

The plan will cover the whole of the Lydiate Parish area and deal with the following issues:

 Housing

  • Influencing the scale and design of new developments

 Infrastructure

  • Considering traffic and transport issues, such as access to public transport and road safety
  • Making sure there is access to school places, health facilities, shops, employment, and communication services (e.g. high speed broadband)
  • Supporting existing and new businesses whilst maintaining the character and nature of the village

 Health & Wellbeing

  • Making sure suitable healthcare facilities are available and people can get to them
  • Good Police support
  • Encouraging the use of the area for healthy activities, such as walking and cycling
  • Supporting and developing community groups and voluntary organisations

 Natural & Heritage Assets

  • Maintaining the rural landscape character of the village
  • Protecting natural habitats and wild species
  • Protecting and improving the green areas of the village, including the Green Belt; public open spaces; the Leeds Liverpool Canal area; public rights of way (bridleways and footpaths); woodland spaces
  • Protecting and improving the heritage assets in the village, including the conservation area/scheduled ancient monument around Lydiate Abbey and the Scotch Piper; and the listed buildings in Lydiate

A crucial part of the process will be to involve and consult with the wider village community in developing the Plan, including: 

  • Residents
  • Local groups and voluntary organisations
  • Businesses
  • Farmers
  • Property and land owners

For more information, please contact Lydiate Parish Council, or view their website http://lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/ . You can email the Parish Council on lpc@lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk or phone  0151 527 2662. If you are phoning the Parish Council office out of opening hours please leave a message and someone will call you back as quickly as possible.

Application For Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan (pdf 160KB)
Lydiate Parish Council Statement (word 67KB)
Plan showing proposed Neighbourhood Plan area (pdf 1.14MB)
Lydiate Area Designation Decision Notice 28 09 15 (pdf 396KB)

The Formby and Little Altcar Parish Council are consulting on their draft Neighbourhood Plan. Last date for comments is 12th December 2016.

The neighbourhood plan can be viewed below:

Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf 5.24MB)

For more information please go to http://www.formbyparishcouncil.org.uk/

 

Formby Parish Council initially submitted an application to Sefton Council to designate their parish as a ‘neighbourhood area’ for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. This was amended to include Little Altcar parish.

The application for designation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan area was approved by Cabinet on 12 September 2013.

Formby Application for Neighbourhood Plan area status (pdf 48KB)
Map showing the proposed Formby neighbourhood plan area (pdf 2.42MB)
Cabinet report 12th September 2013 (pdf 292KB)
Cabinet Minutes 12 Sept 13 Formby (pdf 11KB)
Formby Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (pdf 268KB)
Have your say about the Formby Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf 1.89MB)
Cabinet and Planning Committee Report July 2014 - Agreement of protocols relating to the preparation of the Formby Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf 216KB)
Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan - SEA Screening Determination (pdf 305KB)

Maghull Town Council submitted an application to Sefton Council to designate their parish as a ‘neighbourhood area’ for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The application was approved on 5th February 2015.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan will cover the following themes:

  • Housing: Maghull’s housing stock is varied and interesting with a good choice.  We want to see this continued with any development which takes place in Maghull.  We also want to ensure that starter homes are included as well as homes specifically targeted for our more elderly citizens. 
  • Infrastructure: Any development within Maghull should address the issues with infrastructure currently being experienced.  This includes better access both on the road network as well as investment by Merseytravel. 
  • Health and Wellbeing: The population of Maghull is concerned about the availability of doctors and dentists as well as access to primary healthcare facilities.  The Neighbourhood Plan will look to address these issues.  The Plan will also address the public amenity of the parks and gardens enjoyed by residents to ensure this key aspect is maintained or approved. 
  • Local Economy: The local economy will be addressed particularly with regard to regeneration of the Town Centre and how policies could be developed to help with this.

When made, and following a successful referendum of the local community, the Neighbourhood Development Plan will supersede any relevant policies in the Council's Local Plan and be used to determine planning applications.

If you would like more information about the Maghull Neighbourhood Development Plan please use the links below, or ring 0151 934 3556, or contact Maghull Town Council Neighbourhoodplan@maghull-tc.gov.uk or phone 0151 526 3705 and ask to speak to the Clerk to the Town Council. 

How will the Neighbourhood Development Plan differ from and how does it complement the emerging Sefton Local Plan? 

Neighbourhood Development Plans should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development in the area they cover.

They must address the development and use of land. This is because if successful at examination and referendum the Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the statutory development plan once it has been made (brought into legal force) by the planning authority. Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Neighbourhood planning can inspire local people and businesses to consider other ways to improve their neighbourhood than through the development and use of land. They may identify specific action or policies to deliver these improvements. Wider community aspirations than those relating to development and use of land can be included in a Neighbourhood Development Plan, but actions dealing with non land use matters should be clearly identifiable. For example, set out in a companion document or annex.

Policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan cannot be used to block development in the Local Plan, although they can promote more development. Where policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Local Plan cover the same topic, the last plan that became part of the Development Plan takes precedence.

Maghull Town Council - Qualifying Statement (pdf 17KB)
Maghull Town Council - Rationale (pdf 36KB)
Cabinet Report 05 02 15 Designation Of Maghull And Melling (pdf 455KB)
Map showing the revised Maghull neighbourhood development plan area (pdf 948KB)
Minute 60 5th Feb 2015 Cabinet (pdf 26KB)
Maghull Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice 05 02 15 (pdf 273KB)

Melling Parish Council submitted a revised application to Sefton Council to designate their parish as a ‘neighbourhood area’ for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The application was approved on 5th February 2015.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:

  • Influence where new homes, shops and offices are to be built
  • Have your say on what new buildings should look like
  • Grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead.
  • The plan would address and respond to the Sefton Local Plan’s proposals of developing two sites in Melling (141 houses at Waddicar Lane / Rainbow Drive) and (144 houses at Chapel Lane / Woodland Road). Please note these sites have not been confirmed but have been identified by Sefton Council as where future development should take place once its Local Plan is adopted in 2015.

When made, and following a successful referendum of the local community, the Neighbourhood Development Plan will supersede any relevant policies in the Council's Local Plan and be used to determine planning applications.

If you would like more information about the Melling Neighbourhood Development Plan please use the links below or would like to help with its preparation, please email Melling Parish Council mellingparish@aol.com , tel 07541 382220, or contact Sefton Council on 0151 934 3556. 

How will the Neighbourhood Development Plan differ from and how does it complement the emerging Sefton Local Plan? 

Neighbourhood Development Plans should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development in the area they cover.

They must address the development and use of land. This is because if successful at examination and referendum the Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the statutory development plan once it has been made (brought into legal force) by the planning authority. Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Neighbourhood planning can inspire local people and businesses to consider other ways to improve their neighbourhood than through the development and use of land. They may identify specific action or policies to deliver these improvements. Wider community aspirations than those relating to development and use of land can be included in a Neighbourhood Development Plan, but actions dealing with non land use matters should be clearly identifiable. For example, set out in a companion document or annex.

Policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan cannot be used to block development in the Local Plan, although they can promote more development. Where policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Local Plan cover the same topic, the last plan that became part of the Development Plan takes precedence.

Melling Application for Neighbourhood Development Plan area status (pdf 12KB)
Map showing the revised Melling neighbourhood development plan area (pdf 1.08MB)
Cabinet Report 05 02 15 Designation Of Maghull And Melling (pdf 455KB)
Minute 60 5th Feb 2015 Cabinet (pdf 26KB)
Melling Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice 05 02 15 (pdf 312KB)

Last Updated on 15 August 2017

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