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 Sefton Local Plan, together with Neighbourhood Plans set out below, and the Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan, form the development plan for Sefton.
SEFTON 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:
Certain designations may change over time – such as Minerals Licensing Areas, Conservation Areas and Nature Areas – and it is advised to check the Local Plan on the Council’s online mapping service, SIMON
Other key Local Plan documents
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.
SEFTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS
Sefton Council 'made' (adopted) the Lydiate and Maghull Neighbourhood Plans at the meeting of the Council on Thursday 24th January 2019. They now form part of Sefton's development plan, and together with the Sefton Local Plan (2017) and Waste Local Plan (2013), are the primary considerations in determining planning applications within the Parishes of Lydiate and Maghull.
The Neighbourhood Plan Documents are:
More information on the Neighbourhood Plan process is available here.