Examination of Sefton Local Plan – Employment Sites in Formby
In relation to the November 2016 reconvened hearings the independent Inspector has now taken into account all the evidence and representations concerning the two sites (North of Formby Industrial Estate and South of Formby Industrial Estate), including the written comments received by the 5 January 2017 deadline.
Please see Note EX.129 for details of his decision. With the decision now made, no further representations on this (or any other) matter will be accepted. The Inspector has said that he will now move towards writing his final report.
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.
Preparation of the Local Plan
Sefton Council published the Publication Draft Local Plan in January 2015 for comment, and representations were received during the consultation period which ran from January to March 2015. Sefton Council submitted the Local Plan to the Secretary of State in August 2015, for consideration by an independent Planning Inspector.
The Sefton Local Plan was considered by the Inspector at examination hearings in November and December 2015 and January 2016. Matters, issues and questions discussed can be found here and here. In his Initial Findings EX.102 (February 2016) the Inspector indicated that the plan is sound subject to modifications. He also published Initial Findings - Retail EX.107
The Council consulted on proposed modifications to the Sefton Local Plan during June/July 2016 and received representations about them.
Following this Proposed Modifications consultation the Inspector reconvened the examination hearings for the Sefton Local Plan. These sessions were held on 1st and 2nd November 2016. For further information and an agenda please see:
The Inspector invited further comments on a limited range of issues by 5th January 2017. For further information about this including representations made see Local Plan Reconvened Hearings Comments - Nov 2016.
The Inspector has indicated in his note EX.129 (January 2017) that he will now move towards writing his final report. He has also stated that no further representations will be accepted.
The Local Plan, and its examination by the independent Inspector, has been informed by a whole range of supporting information and evidence. This can be viewed in the Examination Library.
Timescales to adoption
The timescales for the final stages of the Local Plan are anticipated as follows:
- Inspector’s Full Report into Sefton’ Local Plan - The Inspector has indicated that he aims to send this to Sefton Council in March 2017.
- Sefton’s Local Plan Adopted - early summer 2017