The revised timetable to progress to the next stage of the Sefton Local Plan has now been published.

All councils, including Sefton, must produce this major planning document in accordance with the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced in March 2012.

The new framework sets out how councils must plan to release sufficient land to meet their housing and employment needs for the next 15 years, and consider releasing additional land for development in order to deliver economic growth.

In recent weeks, the process in Sefton has been delayed slightly while the council waited for important information from external advisors, including taking into account the latest population data.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The Government’s new planning framework requires us to use national statistics to project the future population and age profile of Sefton in order to determine future housing and employment needs.

“Despite our fantastic track record in re-using land, we have said for some time that the national framework means we simply do not have enough developable land left in the existing urban area.

“In order to meet Government requirements, our draft Local Plan is therefore proposing that we need to release some greenbelt for development.

“Ultimately, all the information and data in our Local Plan, and any public comments, will be considered by a Planning Inspector, appointed by the Government, during a public examination.”

Sefton will now take forward its ‘publication draft’ of the Local Plan during a series of committee meetings which start on Tuesday, December 9, and conclude with a Full Council meeting on Thursday, January 22.

This means the initial publication draft, which includes sites being proposed for possible future development, will be available on the council website from Monday, December 1.

Residents, developers, land owners and other interested parties can again make comments on the document during an eight-week period which is scheduled to start in late January.

See below for the full committee timetable. Further information is also available

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