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Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan Examination

On 6th May 2016 St.Helens Council submitted the Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan (AAP) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for independent examination, in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

As part of the examination, hearings sessions were held on Monday 22nd August 2016 at St. Helens Town Hall. The appointed Inspector, Mr Nicholas Taylor BA (Hons) MRTPI, presided over the hearings.

Following the hearings the Council considered selective soundness issues raised by the Inspector and participants at the sessions. As a result the Council proposed modifications to the Plan. These 'Proposed Modifications' included ‘Main Modifications’, which the Council considered necessary to improve the soundness of the Plan, and ‘Additional Modifications’, to deal with points of clarification.

Consultation on the Proposed Modifications was held between 10th October and 21st November 2016 during which representations on the modifications were invited. All representations made were subsequently forwarded to the Planning Inspector for consideration.

On 9th February 2017 the Inspector issued his final report the Council. The report concludes that the Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan (the AAP) provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the Forest Park area, provided that a number of Main Modifications are made to it. These changes were subsequently made along with additional ‘minor’ modifications made by the Council to address points of factual correction and clarification.

On 12th July 2017, St.Helens Council resolved to adopt the Area Action Plan. For further information see Area Action Plans

The Inspector's Report and its Appendix detailing the Main Modifications are available to download below under the 'Examination Documents' drop down section.

Examination Library

The Examination Library below gives access to all documents relating to the examination of the Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan. During the course of the examination, the library will be updated with additional documents as and when available. To view and download documents click on drop down boxes below.

View complete list of examination documents (last updated 20th February 2017)


RN = Representations - Copies of documents submitted by persons ('Representors') detailing their Representations (or ‘reps’) on the Publication Draft of the AAP pursuant to regulation 20 of the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The following representations were received in response to the invitation to make representations on the Proposed Modifications of the Publications Draft AAP during the period Monday 10th October and 21st November 2016.

EX = Examination Documentation – Miscellaneous documents relating to the examination of the AAP (regularly updated).