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.

**PLANS TO PROCEED TO REFERENDUM**

Residents of Lydiate and Maghull will be eligible to vote in referendums on whether or not to accept Neighbourhood Plans that have been prepared for their respective areas by Lydiate Parish Council or Maghull Town Council.

The referendums will be held on Tuesday 18 December 2018

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 

Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan to Proceed to Referendum

Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined during August and September 2018.  Following receipt of the Examiners Report on 18 September 2018 (see below) Cabinet Member resolved that the plan may proceed to referendum, incorporating the amendments recommended by the Examiner.

Notice Of Poll Lydiate 101218 (pdf 12KB)
Notice Of Referendum Lydiate 131118 (pdf 29KB)
Referendum Advert (pdf 186KB)

The specified documents

1 Lydiate N P Referendum Version (pdf 3.04MB)
1A Lydiate N P Proposals Map (pdf 548KB)
2 Lydiate Character Assessment (pdf 3.72MB)
3 Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report 180918 (pdf 175KB)
4 Lydiate N P Reg 16 Summary Of Comments (pdf 108KB)
5 Lydiate NP Decision Statement (pdf 209KB)
6 Lydiate N P Information For Voters And General Information On Planning (pdf 671KB)

Referendum details

The referendum will be held on 18 December 2018. The question on the ballot paper will be:

 ‘Do you want Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Lydiate to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

Eligible voters will receive a polling card which will include details of where to vote. Further details on the voting arrangements and polling stations and general information on planning can be found in the ‘Lydiate N P Information for Voters and General Information on Planning’ document above.

Publication of Examiner's Report (Regulation 18 stage)

Lydiate NP Examiner's Report 180918 (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)

Maghull Neighbourhood Plan to Proceed to Referendum

Maghull Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined between August and October 2018.  Following receipt of the Examiners Report on 22 October 2018 (see below) Cabinet Member resolved that the plan may proceed to referendum, incorporating the amendments recommended by the Examiner. 

Notice Of Referendum Maghull 131118 (pdf 29KB)
Referendum Advert (pdf 186KB)
Notice Of Poll Maghull 101218 (pdf 14KB)

The specified documents

1 Maghull N P Referendum Version (pdf 2.54MB)
1A Maghull N P Proposals Map (pdf 1.1MB)
2 Maghull Residential Character Assessment (pdf 3.5MB)
3 Maghull NP Examiners Report 221018 (pdf 236KB)
4 Maghull N Plan Reg 16 Summary Of Comments (pdf 151KB)
5 Maghull NP Decision Statement (pdf 244KB)
6 Maghull NP Referendum Information For Voters And General Information On Planning (pdf 1.3MB)

Referendum details

The referendum will be held on 18 December 2018. The question on the ballot paper will be:

 ‘Do you want Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Maghull to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

Eligible voters will receive a polling card which will include details of where to vote.  Further details on the voting arrangements and polling stations and general information on planning can be found in the ‘Maghull N P Information for Voters and General Information on Planning’ document above.

Publication of Examiner's Report (Regulation 18 stage)

Maghull NP Examiner's Report 221018 (pdf 236KB)

 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.

Formby Application for Neighbourhood Plan area status (pdf 48KB)
Map showing the proposed Formby neighbourhood plan area (pdf 2.42MB)
Cabinet report 12th September 2013 (pdf 292KB)
Cabinet Minutes 12 Sept 13 Formby (pdf 11KB)
Formby Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (pdf 268KB)
Have your say about the Formby Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf 1.89MB)
Cabinet and Planning Committee Report July 2014 - Agreement of protocols relating to the preparation of the Formby Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf 216KB)
Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan - SEA Screening Determination (pdf 305KB)

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.

Melling Application for Neighbourhood Development Plan area status (pdf 12KB)
Map showing the revised Melling neighbourhood development plan area (pdf 1.08MB)
Cabinet Report 05 02 15 Designation Of Maghull And Melling (pdf 455KB)
Minute 60 5th Feb 2015 Cabinet (pdf 26KB)
Melling Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice 05 02 15 (pdf 312KB)

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 15 November 2018