Next steps for Local Plan as consultation on inspectors’ modifications closes

14 Feb 2022

Business

Residents were able to provide feedback in an eight-week public consultation on the proposed changes, called Main Modifications, recommended by independent planning inspectors tasked with assessing the ‘soundness’ of the Local Plan, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Setting out the borough’s existing needs for housing, employment, infrastructure and services, together with its future development plans, the Local Plan strikes a balance between growth, prosperity and quality of life for residents over the next 15 years.

With the consultation now closed, council planning officers are currently collating all responses or ‘representations’ made before the deadline and will submit them to the inspectors for consideration this month.

Inspectors will then publish their final report into the Local Plan Examination, anticipated in the Spring, although the timing of this is beyond the council’s control.

Officers must then consider the contents of the report and update the Local Plan with any necessary modifications, before it is reported to a full Council meeting for adoption, likely to occur in early Summer.

Councillor Richard McCauley, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said:

“Thank you to everyone who took this opportunity to provide feedback on our Local Plan, and to those who have done so throughout. We hope to see the Inspectors’ final report published in the Spring and for Council to consider the completed Local Plan in the Summer.

“Created with and for our borough to meet our future employment and Government-required housing needs, this plan sets out our ambitions to create jobs, build a mix of high quality, affordable homes and shape infrastructure investments utilising brownfield first and foremost.”

The Local Plan and its supporting documentation is available to view online at www.sthelens.gov.uk/localplanexamination.