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.

The Council has recently completed Regulation 16 consultation on the following Neighbourhood Plan proposals:

  • Maghull Neighbourhood Plan
  • Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan

 Expand the relevant section below for more information

Application Form for seeking Neighbourhood Forum Status (pdf 193KB)
Map showing the designated Neighbourhood Development Plan areas in Sefton (pdf 894KB)
Scheme of Delegation - Cabinet Member decision (pdf 189KB)

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 

Publication of Examiners Report (Regulation 18 Stage)

Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan Report Final (pdf 175KB)

Examination (Regulation 17 stage)

The Lydiate Examiner has issued their Procedural Matters and Questions

Lydiate Examiner Procedural Matters And Questions (pdf 153KB)
Lydiate Examiner Questions Response Redacted (pdf 262KB)

Consultation on Submission Plan (Regulation 16 Stage)

Sefton Council consulted on the submitted Neighbourhood Plan for six weeks from 13 June to 30 July 2018.

Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan 2017-2030 (pdf 1.96MB)
Map of designated Neighbourhood Plan area (pdf 665KB)
Lydiate Character Assessment (pdf 3.71MB)
Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement (pdf 797KB)
Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement (pdf 2.43MB)
Strategic Environmental Assessment / Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report (pdf 1.25MB)

Other background information is available at www.lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk/

Regulation 16 comments have been received from the following organisations and individuals.  Personal data has been removed in line with Sefton Council's Data protection policy (see below).

0 Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 Consultation Brief Summary Of Comments (pdf 69KB)
1 Sport England Redacted (pdf 146KB)
2 United Utilities Redacted (pdf 108KB)
3 Network Rail Redacted (pdf 248KB)
4 Natural England Redacted (pdf 61KB)
5 Historic England Redacted (pdf 123KB)
6 Neil Spencer Redacted (pdf 86KB)
7 National Grid Redacted (pdf 116KB)
8 JM Sherrington Mrs Redacted (pdf 18KB)
9 Maureen Webb Redacted (pdf 81KB)
10 Environment Agency Redacted (pdf 13KB)

 The formal consultation notice (Regulation 16 Notification) can be viewed here

What will happen to my data and comments?

  1. All comments (including personal details) have been logged into a secure database and forwarded to the Parish Council and independent Neighbourhood Planning examiner.
  2. The examiner or the Council may need to contact you to request further information or clarification in relation to your comment(s) made.
  3. Personal details will be used for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning only.
  4. More details of the examination will be provided when they are available.

Data Protection

For full data protection rights in planning please see: www.sefton.gov.uk/PlanningGDPR

Consultation on Draft Plan (Regulation 14 Stage)

Lydiate Parish Council undertook consultation on the pre-submission Draft Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan between 1st December 2017 and 31st January 2018.  Comments have been considered by the Parish Council and the Plan has been amended accordingly.  The plan was formally submitted to Sefton Council on 19th April 2018.  For more information please go to www.lydiateparishcouncil.gov.uk/

Application to Designate a Neighbourhood Area  

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 decision notice was issued on 28th September 2015.

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

Examination (Regulation 17 stage)

The Maghull Examiner has issued their Procedural Matters and Questions

Maghull NP Examination Procedural Matters And Questions (pdf 141KB)
Response To Maghull NP Examiner Questions 1 (pdf 128KB)
Maghull NP Examiner Further Questions 28082018 (pdf 140KB)
Response To Maghull NP Examiner Questions 2 (pdf 277KB)
Maghull TC Responses To Reg 16 Comments (pdf 279KB)

Consultation on Submission Plan (Regulation 16 Stage)

Sefton Council consulted on the submitted Neighbourhood Plan for six weeks from 13 June to 30 July 2018. 

Maghull Neighbourhood Plan 2017 – 2037 (pdf 2.24MB)
Map of designated neighbourhood plan area (pdf 3.68MB)
Maghull Town Council Residential Character Assessment (pdf 3.54MB)
Maghull Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement (pdf 978KB)
Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement (pdf 1.88MB)
Strategic Environmental Assessment/Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report (pdf 1.19MB)

Other background information is available at http://www.maghull-tc.gov.uk/  

Regulation 16 comments have been received from the following organisations and individuals. Personal data has been removed in line with Sefton Council's Data Protection policy (see below)

0 Maghull Neighbourhood Plan Reg 16 Consultation Brief Summary Of Comments (pdf 72KB)
1 Janet Ward Redacted (pdf 82KB)
2 Sport England Redacted (pdf 201KB)
3 Network Rail Redacted (pdf 159KB)
4 United Utilities Redacted (pdf 126KB)
5 Natural England Redacted (pdf 54KB)
6 Historic England Redacted (pdf 543KB)
7 National Grid Redacted (pdf 399KB)
8A Gerard Crilly 1A Redacted (pdf 4.06MB)
8B Gerard Crilly 1B Redacted (pdf 5.15MB)
9 Maureen Webb Redacted (pdf 81KB)
10 John Miller Redacted (pdf 173KB)
11 Gerard Crilly 2 Redacted (pdf 3.22MB)
12 Gerard Crilly 3 Redacted (pdf 1.73MB)
13 Environment Agency Redacted (pdf 68KB)
14 White Peak Planning Redacted (pdf 274KB)
15 Barton Wilmore Redacted (pdf 102KB)

One unsolicited submission has been received since the close of Regulation 16 consultation on 30th July.

16 Unsolicited Gerard Crilly Redacted (pdf 1.54MB)

The formal consultation notice (Regulation 16 Notification) can be viewed here

 What happens next to my data and comments?

  1. All comments (including personal details) have been logged into a secure database and forwarded to the Parish Council and independent Neighbourhood Planning examiner.
  2. The examiner or the Council may need to contact you to request further information or clarification in relation to the comment(s).
  3. Personal details will be used for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning only.
  4. More details of the examination will be provided when they are available.

Data Protection

For full data protection rights in planning please see: www.sefton.gov.uk/PlanningGDPR

Consultation on Draft Plan (Regulation 14 Stage)

Maghull Town Council undertook consultation on the pre-submission Draft Maghull Neighbourhood Plan between 29th July and 9th October 2017.  Comments have been considered by the Town Council and the Plan has been amended accordingly.  The plan was formally submitted to Sefton Council on 6th April 2018.  For more information please go to www.maghull-tc.gov.uk/

Application to Designate a Neighbourhood Area 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sefton Council is not able to provide any financial support to groups producing a Neighbourhood Plan. However, you may be eligible for grant funding or technical support 

See below for more information

 


Last Updated on 08 August 2018