The Central Lancashire Local Plan Website – How We Use Cookies

Version 1. Updated 22nd August 2018.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent from a webpage to your computer or mobile device when you visit certain websites.

They are used to collect information about how you interact with certain websites and can allow advertisers to track which sites you have visited, which pages you have visited and how long you spent on each page. Utility cookies (sometimes called ‘session cookies’) allow you to stay logged in as you move around a webpage.

How do cookies work?

The very first time you visit a website, a cookie is downloaded to your computer. The next time you visit your computer checks to see if it has a cookie for that site. If it does, it sends the information back to the website. The website then 'knows' that you have visited us before, and in some cases can tailor its content to take account of that fact and remember your preferences.

How does Central Lancashire use Cookies?

We use cookies to collect non-personal information about how visitors use our sites. We only collect information that helps us to provide and manage a useful and efficient web service. More specifically, we use cookies:

How are cookies used?

Measuring website usage using Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how people use This is to make sure our website continues to meet the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

We don’t allow Google to share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:





This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you have visited us before.

2 years


This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you have visited us before.

1 day


Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.

1 minute


Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page.

2 years


This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site.

30 minutes


This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser.



Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.

10 minutes


utmz This tells us how you reached the site (for example from another website or a search engine).

6 months


This is used to remember your preferences.

6 months


This shows that the user has consented for cookies to be used as required by EU law.

2 years


This is used to gather statistics and track conversations between websites.

2 days

Privacy Notification

The privacy notification provides users the ability to easily access the privacy notice and cookies policy that our website holds. In order to allow users to dismiss this notification we set a cookie. The next time the user visits our site the application attempts to find if the cookie is present. If it is, then the application knows not to show the notification.

MyAccount and set the following cookie:





Notifies us as to whether the user has previously dismissed the cookie notification.

18 months


How do I opt out of using cookies?

We recommend that you allow the cookies we set on our site. They help us provide a better service and ultimately make our website easier to use.

However, if you wish to opt out of cookies just go to the privacy settings in your browser options, and enter our domain ( in the list of websites you do not wish to accept cookies from.

For a simple guide to managing and opting out of cookies on all sites you visit, whatever browser you use, please see how to manage cookies.

Updated on 22 August 2018