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St.Helens Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This Plan will set how much new development for housing, employment and other uses should take place in the Borough. It will identify where new development should take place and sets out the policies for assessing planning applications.
The most recent stage of the plan's preparation - 'The Local Plan Preferred Options' - was subject to an eight week period of public consultation from 5th December 2016 until 30th January 2017. The responses received from this consultation are now being assessed as the Council prepares the next version of the Local Plan.
The next version – known as the 'Proposed Submission' version – is now expected in summer 2018. This will be the version of the plan that the Council wants to see adopted, subject to approval by an independent Planning Inspector.
For further details on the progress and various stages of the Local Plan’s preparation, and to view the documents, please see our Local Plan page.