Local Plan


The independent Inspector has decided to reconvene the examination hearings for the Sefton Local Plan on 1st November 2016. For further information and an agenda, please see: 

EX110 Note from Inspector – New Examination Hearing (pdf 64KB)
EX111 New Examination Hearing Agenda (pdf 33KB)
EX112 Inspectors Note MN216 Liverpool Road Formby (pdf 42KB)
EX113 Supplementary Note Re Post MM Hearing (pdf 43KB)
EX114 AGENDA 19 Wednesday 2 November 2016 (pdf 47KB)

The Sefton Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on 3rd August 2015. A series of examination hearings took place between November 2015 and January 2016.

The inspector has now issued his 'Initial Findings' document [EX.102] and Initial Findings 2 (retail matters) [EX.107].  The Council is expecting to publish the modifications to the Local Plan for comment in the summer.  Further information on how and when to comment on the modifications will be available in due course.

The timescales for the final stages of the Local Plan are anticipated as follows:

  • Local Plan Proposed Modifications Reported to Cabinet - 26th May 2016 and Council – 9th June 2016
  • Period for Comments of the Proposed Modifications [6 weeks] – June to August 2016

All comments will be sent to the inspector for his attention and will be added to the website as soon as possible.

  • Inspector’s Full Report into Sefton’ Local Plan expected – Late September 2016
  • Sefton’s Local Plan Adopted – January 2017

Comments made to the Local Plan Publication Document are available to view here.

Local Plan Documents

A Local Plan for Sefton, Publication Draft, January 2015 (pdf 4.73MB)
Southport Policy Map (pdf 7.16MB)
Formby Policy Map (pdf 4.92MB)
Bootle And Crosby Policy Map (pdf 5.7MB)
Sefton East Policy Map (pdf 5.61MB)

Link to Local Plan Publication Draft

 What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan will shape the future of Sefton for years to come. It will set 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.

A Local Plan for Sefton, Publication Draft 2015 - Individual Chapters

Chapter One - Introduction and Duty to Co Operate (pdf 602KB)
Chapter Two - Profile of Sefton (pdf 1.44MB)
Chapter Three - Key Issues and Challenges, Vision and Objectives (pdf 459KB)
Chapter Four - Developing a Strategy for Sefton (pdf 706KB)
Chapter Five - Sustainable Development (pdf 365KB)
Chapter Six - Meeting Sefton's Needs (pdf 725KB)
Chapter Seven - Economic Development and Regeneration (pdf 920KB)
Chapter Eight - Housing and Communities (pdf 647KB)
Chapter Nine - Infrastructure (pdf 419KB)
Chapter Ten - Design and Environmental Quality (pdf 682KB)
Chapter Eleven - Natural and Heritage Assets (pdf 946KB)
Chapter Twelve - Plan Implementation and Monitoring (pdf 280KB)
Glossary (pdf 683KB)
Appendix One - Site Specific Requirements (pdf 380KB)
Appendix Two - Nature Conservation Enhancement (pdf 744KB)
Appendix Three - Local Plan Monitoring (pdf 360KB)
Appendix Four - Supplementary Planning Documents (pdf 246KB)


Last Updated on 21 September 2016

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