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St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Examination

Examination Library 

The Examination Library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed the production of the Local Plan. It also contains documents relating to the examination and will be updated as the examination progresses.

Inspector & Programme Officer Documents

INSP001 - Programme Officer Letter
INSP002 - Examination Guidance Notes
INSP003 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues and Soundness
INSP004 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues and Soundness - Generic & DM Policies
INSP005 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues - Site Allocations and Safeguarded Land Document
INSP006 - Letter from the Inspectors to the Council
INSP007 - Inspectors' Matters, Issues & Questions
INSP008 - Letter from the PO to all Representors 1st April 2021
INSP009 - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C
INSP009A - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C
INSP009B - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C
INSP009C - Draft Hearings Programme
INSP010 - Data Sharing Agreement between St Helens Borough Council and the Planning Inspectorate relating to the St Helens Borough Local Plan
INSP011 - Inspectors additional preliminary question GPDO

INSP012 - A schedule of SHLAA sites where there is disagreement between the Council and representors on delivery

Council Documents

SHBC001 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary Questions
SHBC002 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary Questions on Generic and Development Management Policies
SHBC003 - Background Paper on Open Space
SHBC004 - Further evidence on Housing Supply, including updated SHLAA Site Assessments
SHBC005 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary questions on Site Allocations and Safeguarded Land
SHBC006 - Formal Notice of the commencement of hearings
SHBC007 - Updated Employment and Housing Land Supply Information Document
SHBC008 - Response to additional question about the General Permitted Development Order
SHBC009 - Note on the Statement of Community Involvement (SD015)
SHBC010 - St Helens Local Plan Draft Schedule of Modifications
SHBC011 - Spatial Distribution of Housing Land Supply
SHBC012 - Site Selection Paper
SHBC013 - Note on the updated standard methodology figure and affordability ratios

SHBC014 - Amion note on the socio-economic effects of the Parkside West Phase 1 proposal (submitted to the associated public inquiry)
SHBC015 - Note on the LCR freeport and Parkside
SHBC016 - Letter from Freightliner regarding Parkside East

Hearing Statements, Agendas and Action Points

See hearing statements, agendas and action points in response to the Examination Matters identified.

Representations received at the Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage

All valid representations received at the St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage are available to view via the links in the Examination Library below. In accordance with the requirements of the Planning Inspectorate, the representations are provided in two formats. One set of documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27) contain representations in ‘representor’ order. In these documents the full representations made by all representors are provided in alphabetical order (based on representor’s surnames).

Another set of documents (SD007.1-SD007.35) contain the representations in ‘Plan’ order (this is the order they relate to different parts and policies within the Plan). Many of the representations relate to multiple parts and policies within the Plan. Only the part of the representation relating to a specific part or policy within the Plan have been included under the relevant section within documents SD007-SD007.35. As set out above, full representations can be viewed in the representor order representation documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27).

Documents SD007 and SD008 provide an index of representor names and associated representor and Plan order reference numbers.

In respect to submitted petitions, only the lead petitioner’s details (the individual that submitted the petition) have been used. Therefore, details of those individuals that signed a petition are not set out in the representor order and Plan order document indexes (SD007 and SD008), just that of the lead petitioner. The full petition documents are provided in the representor order representation documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27). Where a representation had five or more signatories, they were treated as a petition.

Further information about representations received at the Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage can be found in section 4.3 of the Consultation Statement (document reference: SD004). The Consultation Statement describes how St Helens Borough Council has undertaken community participation and stakeholder involvement in the production of the Local Plan. The document sets out how such efforts have shaped the Plan, together with the key and main issues raised by representations at the St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage, and where appropriate, the council’s response.

Submission Documents 

The Submission Documents include some that have only recently been published – a draft schedule of changes (SD003), an updated Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SD013), Green Belt Review Stage 2B proformas (SD021) and a number of Background Papers (SD22-28). There will be an opportunity to comment on these documents later in the examination process.

The format of the Regulation 22 Consultation Statement (SD004) has been amended at the Inspectors’ request. The updated document replaces the original submission document.

Draft Local Plan 

SD001: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Written Statement, January 2019

SD002: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Policies Map, January 2019

SD003: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Schedule of Changes, October 2020

SD004: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Regulation 22 Consultation Statement, March 2020

SD029: St Helens Council Local Plan Submission Letter to the Planning Inspectorate, October 2020

Sustainability Appraisal

SD005: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal Main Report, January 2019

SD005.1: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Non-Technical Summary, January 2019

SD005.2: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Appendix 5: Scoping Report, January 2019

SD005.3: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Technical Appendix A, January 2019

SD005.4: St Helens Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal, Addendum Report, September 2020

SD005.5: St Helens Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal, Addendum Report, June 2021

Habitat Regulations Assessment 

SD006: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment, December 2018

SD006.1: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment, Addendum Report, September 2020

Representations

All representations can be viewed via the documents included on the Examination Library - Representations Received webpage. 

SD007: 

Representations received under Regulation 20 to St Helens Local Plan Submission Draft in Plan order 

SD008: 

Representations received under Regulation 20 to St Helens Local Plan Submission Draft in Respondents order

Strategic Documents

SD009: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Duty to Cooperate Statement, October 2020

SD010: Liverpool City Region Spatial Planning Statement of Common Ground, October 2019

SD011: LCR Statement of Cooperation on Local Planning, March 2016

SD012: Warrington Borough Council - Statement of Common Ground, 2020

SD012.1: Warrington Borough Council Draft Statement of Common Ground (March 2019) - St Helens Council Suggested Minor Revisions, October 2020

SD030: LCR and Neighbouring Authorities Indicative Green Belt Coverage Map

SD031: Highways England Statement of Common Ground, May 2021

Key Supporting Documents 

SD013: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2020, October 2020

SD014: St Helens Council Local Development Scheme 2020, September 2020

SD015: St Helens Local Development Framework Statement of Community Involvement, November 2013

SD015A: SCI Addendum, May 2021

SD016: Soundness Self-Assessment Checklist, October 2020

SD017: Legal Compliance Checklist, October 2020

SD018: St Helens Council Annual Monitoring Report 2020, October 2020

SD019: Draft Biodiversity SPD October, 2020

SD020: Green Belt Review 2018, December 2018

SD021: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 – 2035 Green Belt Review Stage 2B Assessments, October 2020

Background Papers

SD022: Employment Land Need and Supply Background Paper, October 2020

SD023: Heritage Background Paper, April 2020

SD024: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Background Paper, October 2020

SD025: Housing Need and Supply Background Paper, October 2020

SD026: Developing the Strategy Background Paper, October 2020

SD027: Bold Forest Garden Suburb Position Statement, October 2020

SD028: Climate Change Background Paper, October 2020

Evidence Base Documents 

Employment and Economy including Retail 

EMP001: St Helens ELNS Addendum Report, January 2019

EMP002: St Helens Employment Land Needs Study, October 2015

EMP003: St Helens Allocations Local Plan – Economic Evidence Base Paper, September 2015

EMP004: St Helens Retail & Leisure Study, May 2017

EMP005: Parkside Logistics and Rail Freight Interchange Study, August 2016

EMP006: Parkside Logistics and Rail Freight Interchange Study Addendum - Parkside West Rail Design and Noise and Acoustics Study, April 2017

EMP007: St. Helens Economic Land Position Statement, December 2009

EMP008: St. Helens Employment Land and Premises Study, May 2011

EMP009: Review of Employment Land in St. Helens to 2027, September 2011

EMP010: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Report Capability & Capacity Analysis, July 2018

EMP011: St Helens Town Centre Strategy, September 2017

EMP012: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Capacity Study

Flood Risk and Water 

FLO001: St Helens Council Strategic Flood Risk Assessment September 2014

FLO002: Sankey Catchment Action Plan June 2018

Green Belt

GRE001: St Helens Local Plan Draft Green Belt Review 2016, December 2016

Gypsies and Travellers

GYP001: Merseyside and West Lancashire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, January 2015

Housing 

HOU001: St Helens Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update January 2019

HOU002: St Helens Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update July 2017

HOU003: Mid Mersey Strategic Housing Market Assessment January 2016

HOU004: St Helens Brownfield Land Register 2019 (PDF Plan)

HOU004: St Helens Brownfield Land Register 2019 (Excel csv file)

Monitoring

MON001: 2018-19 Annual Monitoring Report, 2019

Natural Environment

NAT001: St Helens Landscape Character Assessment, January 2006

NAT002: Phase 1 habitats Survey, January 2005

NAT003: Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Study Part 1 and 2, December 2009 and 2010

NAT004: Local Wildlife Sites Citations

NAT005: Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Halton, and Warrington Joint Local Aggregate Assessment, January 2018

NAT006: Liverpool City Region Ecological Network, October 2015

NAT007: The Mersey Forest Plan, 2014

Open Space, Sport and Recreation 

OPE001: St Helens Indoor and Built Sports Facilities Needs Assessment, June 2016

OPE002: St Helens Indoor and Built Sports Facilities Needs Assessment - Golf Course Addendum, June 2016

OPE003: St Helens Open Space Assessment, June 2016

OPE004: St Helens Playing Pitch Strategy Assessment Report, February 2016

OPE005: St Helens Playing Pitch Strategy & Action Plan, July 2016

Sub-regional

SUB001: LCR Strategic Housing & Employment Land Market Assessment (SHELMA), March 2018

SUB002: LCR SHELMA Large Scale B8 Site Supply Assessment, June 2018

SUB003: LCR SHELMA Areas of Search Assessment, August 2019

SUB004: LCR SHELMA Areas of Search Assessment Addendum Sheet, November 2019

SUB005: LCR Housing and Economic Development Evidence Base Overview Study, May 2011

SUB005.1: LCR Housing and Economic Development Evidence Base Overview Study - Technical Appendix, May 2011

Transport and Infrastructure

TRA001: St Helens SATURN Model: Validation Report May, 2018

TRA002: St Helens SATURN Model: Forecasting Report, June 2018

TRA003: St Helens Transport Impact Assessment Report, January 2019

TRA004: St Helens Sustainable Transport Impact Assessment Report, January 2019

TRA005: Bold Forest Garden Suburb Transport Review, August 2019

TRA006: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Infrastructure Delivery Plan, December 2018

TRA007: M6 Junction 23 Haydock Island Capacity Feasibility Study, June 2019

TRA008: A580 / M6 J23 Improvement Options Supplementary Report Junction Assessment Results - Vista Road Link Option, September 2019  

TRA009: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Long Term Rail Strategy, 2018

TRA010: Skelmersdale Rail Link Business Case Study Final Report, Lancashire County Council, 2015

Viability

VIA001: St Helens Economic Viability Assessment, December 2018

VIA002: Briefing note - additional viability testing of open space contributions

Local Plan Initial Stages of Preparation 

LPI001: St Helens Local Plan Scoping Consultation Document, January 2016

LPI002: Summary of Representations on St Helens Local Plan Scoping Consultation 20th January – 2nd March 2016 Document, January 2017

LPI003: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, December 2016

LPI003.1 St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Draft Policies Map, December 2016

LPI004: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Report of Consultation, December 2018

LPI005: St Helens Cabinet Report 23.09.2020, September 2020

LPI006: St Helens Cabinet Report 06.03.2020, March 2020

LPI007: St Helens Full Council Report 19.12.2018, December 2018

LPI008: St Helens Cabinet Report 12.12.2018, December 2018

LPI009: St Helens Cabinet Report 16.11.2016, November 2016

LPI010: St Helens Cabinet Report 06.01.2016, January 2016

LPI011: St Helens Cabinet Report 18.11.2015, November 2015

LPI012: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Sustainable Appraisal Interim SA Report, December 2016

LPI012.1: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, Sustainability Appraisal: Interim SA Report, Non technical summary, December 2016

LPI012.2: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, Sustainability Appraisal: Technical Appendix A Site Appraisals, December 2016

LPI013: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Habitats Regulations Assessment, December 2016

Local Policy

St Helens Existing Development Plan

LOC001: St Helens Local Plan Core Strategy, October 2012

LOC002: Saved Policies of the St Helens 1998 Unitary Development Plan (last saved in 2012), October 2012

LOC003: Merseyside and Halton Joint Waste Local Plan, July 2013

LOC004: Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan, July 2017

St Helens Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and other planning guidance

LOC005: Affordable Housing SPD, January 2010

LOC006: Biodiversity SPD, June 2011

LOC007: Design & Crime SPD, October 2009

LOC008: Design Guidance SPD, September 2007

LOC009: Ensuring a Choice of Travel SPD, June 2010

LOC010: Householder Development SPD, June 2011

LOC011: Hot Food Takeaway SPD, June 2011

LOC012: King Street Design Brief SPD, June 2011

LOC013: List of Locally Important Buildings SPD, June 2011

LOC014: Local Economy SPD, November 2013

LOC015: New Residential Development SPD, June 2011

LOC016: Residential Character Areas SPD, June 2010

LOC017: Shopfronts SPD, June 2010

LOC018: Telecommunications SPD, June 2008

LOC019: Trees and Development SPD, June 2008

LOC020: Eccleston Works Development Brief, October 2008

LOC021: Land adjacent Laffak Road and Carr Mill Road Development Brief, October 2009

National Policy and Guidance 

NATP001: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), February 2019

NATP002: Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings, Volume 1: Dwellings 2015 edition incorporating 2016 amendments, March 2016

NATP003: Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings, Volume 1: Dwellings Corrections to the Approved Documents 2015 edition including 2016 amendments, March 2016