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St Helens Borough Local Plan

St Helens Borough must have a Local Plan to show the vision for future development in our borough. Every area in England and Wales should have an up-to-date Local Plan in place and review it at least every five years.

It gives local residents some certainty about our development plans and future use of land in the borough. It shows where development is planned, and therefore where resources and possible additional infrastructure such as roads, or new schools, are needed to support it.

It prevents decisions being made on developments which may not be in the best interests of our local community, but most importantly it sets out our ambitions to create jobs, build homes, shape infrastructure investments, create and protect our open green spaces and develops our town and district centres.

What has happened so far?

We have carried out extensive consultation with residents, local communities, businesses and other stakeholders. This involved three public consultations, including; an initial consultation on the scope of the plan in 2016; the Preferred Options version of the plan in 2016/17, and the Submission Draft version of the plan in 2019.

We received nearly 6,000 responses from the Preferred Options version. We listened to what you told us and used your comments to produce the Submission Draft version of the plan.

At a meeting on Wednesday 23 September 2020, Cabinet approved a decision to submit the Local Plan, supporting documents and comments. On Thursday 29 October 2020, the council submitted the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. Two Planning Inspectors were appointed to undertake an Examination of the St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft, and a series of public hearing sessions were held in May and June 2021.

What happens next?

The council has now received the Inspector's Final Report on the St Helens Borough Local Plan and the final schedule of Main Modifications. 

The council hopes to adopt the Local Plan in summer 2022. Read these frequently asked questions.

For more details on the Local Plan Examination, please see the Local Plan Examination news webpage.

Data protection 

We process your personal data as part of our public task to provide planning and development guidance, and will retain this in line with our Information and Records Management Policy. For more information on what we do and on your rights, please read our privacy notice and the council's generic data protection webpage.