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.
Now in 2018, a review of the Core Strategy and individual local plans is being undertaken 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.
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 uses.
In order to carry the CLLP forward in an informative and transparent way, a number of key elements of the process are further detailed on this website:
A dedicated Central Lancashire Local Plan Team has again been established to undertake the work outlined above and deliver the joint plan that will inform the future scale and scope of housing, commercial sites, community spaces and infrastructure across the region.
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.
A timetable has also been put in place detailing the stages from endorsement through to adoption.
Key documents have been published or are planned for publication along the way, including the strategy, evidence base, key issues and assessments.