Public hearings are taking place across the borough discussing Sefton Council’s Local Plan.

A detailed schedule of hearings is being held in front of an independent planning inspector where members of the public and organisations can give their views about possible development of land.

The Local Plan looks to shape the future of Sefton until 2030. It encourages sustainable development and economic growth and gives current and future generations more opportunities to live and work in Sefton’s outstanding environment.

The Local Plan must be drawn up by law, and the Government wants councils to ‘plan for growth’ to contribute towards economic recovery.

The inspector has invited people to attend the sessions based on their previous submissions and the hearings will give them the opportunity to express their opinions. All the hearings are open to the public.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: “The hearings are taking place at venues in Bootle, Southport, Formby and Maghull and will run into the New Year.

“Not only will it give officers from Sefton Council the opportunity to discuss developments with an inspector, but it also enables members of the public and interested parties to get involved as well.

“Understandably, much has been made on our need to provide thousands of new homes but the Local Plan is also about jobs, health, transport, infrastructure, the environment and how Sefton will look in 2030.

“The programme of hearings is regularly updated and anyone interested in a specific area of the Local Plan should check the Sefton Council website to see when it is being discussed.”

The Sefton Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination in August 2015.

To view the full list of public hearings and for further information visit our Local Plan pages.


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