Local Plan


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

The Local Plan documents are:

The written statement and the policy maps may be subject to additional minor modifications and any other editorial changes that do not amend the substance of the Plan.


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:

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 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 indicated in his note on employment sites in Formby EX.129 (January 2017) that he would move towards writing his final report. 

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

The examination is now closed, as the Council has received the Inspector's Report on the Sefton Local Plan:

More information on the timesecale for adoption will be provided as soon as possible.

Local Plan Documents

Publication Draft, January 2015

Proposed Modifications, June 2016

Link to Local Plan Proposed Modifications

Link to Local Plan Modification Stage - Interactive Map


Last Updated on 02 May 2017

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