Central Lancashire covers the geographical areas of Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, which functions as one integrated local economy and commuting area. It is a single housing market area with high levels of self-containment, or families moving within the area. It is therefore appropriate to work strategically in collaboration to ensure our policy is joined up and complementary.
The three local authorities involved are Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council. We have a long history of working together in partnership to produce local plans to inform land use and deliver strategic objectives. Our councils collaborated between 2008 and 2012 to produce the Local Development Framework which was jointly resourced between all three, whilst a Core Strategy team based at Lancashire County Council was created specifically to undertake this piece of work.
In July 2012, the three councils adopted the Core Strategy, the key document in the statutory development plan for the area, which sets out the strategic planning policies for Central Lancashire and is supported by the individual local plans, which were produced by each respective council in 2015.
In 2018, a review of the Core Strategy and individual local plans was begun with a view to delivering a single Central Lancashire Local Plan (CLLP), reflecting both the shared strategic policy objectives and more detailed non-strategic policies. We first established a dedicated Central Lancashire Team based at Chorley Council and worked on the first stages of the plan, the Call for Sites consultations. During this we asked people to send us the sites around the region that have the potential to deliver homes, jobs and amenities.
Throughout 2019 we have been calling for and collating sites across Central Lancashire where future development might be located. We also want people to tell us what the key issues are affecting the region. All site options and key questions around key issues will be presented at the Issues and Options consultation in late 2019. We will consider all sites and opinions submitted in shaping our emerging plan.
We will then use your responses to create a Preferred Options consultation paper, selecting the most appropriate and important sites and issues for Central Lancashire until 2036. Thereafter, we will formulate a draft plan, submit this for scrutiny by central government and eventually, move to submit our finalised Local Plan in 2022. Our full timetable details when and at what stage each element of the Local Plan will progress.
A special Central Lancashire Strategic Planning Joint Advisory Committee has also been established, made-up of elected members from each authority. This Committee has the responsibility to consider proposals, open them up to debate and move to endorse or challenge them at their discretion. Papers and proposals can be found in our documents section, including the existing strategy, emerging evidence base, as well as key issues and assessments.
The Call for Sites
An important part of the process in preparing the CLLP is to identify sites which might have the potential for development to meet required needs in each area within Central Lancashire. The first stage in this process is a “Call for Sites” which will be held for a twelve week period during the Autumn of 2018. This will enable anyone, i.e. members of the public or organisations, who wish to promote parcels of land for a particular use or development, to submit this land for consideration for potential allocation in the CLLP. Allocation includes outlining specific intended uses for a parcel of land, including for housing, employment, leisure and community.