WLBC Local Plan Review

Coming Soon, Housing In Honey Pot Close, Honey Pot Drive, And Honey Pot Lane, all to be developed for huge profits.

From OWL

To: Recipients of Our Local Plan Review Bulletin

List of Sites being promoted as possible sites for Development in the new Local Plan has been published. On Friday, the Council published the latest (2020/21) ‘Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment’ (SHELAA) on the Council website at www.westlancs.gov.uk/shelaa The attached covering note provides more detail about the process if you are interested.

The SHELAA is an important part of the Local Plan evidence base.  The SHELAA is essentially a schedule of all the sites that members of the public, developers/consultants and other stakeholders have submitted to the Council as potential future development sites. The sites are assessed against various criteria to determine their suitability. The Council carried out a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise in spring 2020 and received 331 site suggestions (of which 320 were for housing/mixed use, 11 for employment only). 

It must be stressed that inclusion in the SHELAA is no indication of the Council’s support for the development of a particular site. All the usual large sites that have been proposed previously appear and in fact, 293 of the 320 sites submitted for housing are ‘parked’ in the 2020/21 SHELAA because they are contrary to current planning policy, or because they have serious constraints.

However, these sites will form the ‘pool of sites’ that the Council will choose from if it needs any new sites for development as part of the new West Lancashire Local Plan on which work has now re-commenced.  Therefore, at this stage if you feel that there are points of fact that are incorrect in the council’s desktop assessment of any site, then please let us know by the end of June and we will ensure this information is provided to the council.

Spreading the Word

The timetable for the Local Plan process indicates a public consultation on new Local Plan proposals could take place as early as October. We are therefore keen to extend the circulation of these bulletins to more people. If you know of anyone who is interested/concerned about the local plan process then please ask them to drop an email to office@ourwestlancashire.com and we will add them to the circulation list.

Material Planning Considerations

Relating to Development Control rather than Planning Policy and any new local plan, but this week councillors received training on planning law. The attached document on material planning considerations explains what can and cannot be given weight when making representations on a planning application. You may find it useful to keep to hand and share with neighbours when a planning application of concern is made in your area.  We’ve also included it on our website under the Information section.  

Our West Lancashire Putting Residents First And Foremost

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