The Local Plan Review

The Local Plan Review has been ceased and the preparation of a new 15-year Local Plan will get underway in the coming months.

Work on a review of the Local Plan started in 2016. In September 2019, the Council's Cabinet made the decision to cease work on the Local Plan Review (LPR) to give the authority more time to consider the best proposals for the future of West Lancashire.

The work that we carried out on the LPR, including the different stages, is described below.  Whilst the Preferred Options have effectively been withdrawn, some of the work will remain relevant and may inform the preparation of the new Local Plan.

Gathering Evidence

The evidence collected between 2015 and 2019 to support the LPR can be seen using the link below. We are continuing to collect evidence and will publish more in the future.

Scope of the Local Plan Review

Local plans can address a wide variety of subjects. Some matters apply nationally (e.g. providing enough housing); some apply only to selected areas (e.g. student housing).  Planning policies don't just cover land use - they aim to improve places for people, for example by enabling healthy lifestyles, or improving work opportunities; they should also help improve the environment.

We consulted on the 'scope' of the LPR in spring 2017. 

Issues and Options

We used our 'evidence base' data to identify issues facing West Lancashire. We then set out a range of possible options to address weaknesses and threats, or to build upon strengths and opportunities. We prepared five 'Issues and Options' papers and consulted on these in spring 2017.

Preferred Options

We consulted on the LPR Preferred Options in autumn 2018.


The Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out our anticipated timetable for preparing the new Plan. Preparing a Local Plan takes several years and involves a number of stages.