The Programme for Review of the Central Lancashire Local Plan details the intended timetable for future consultations, publications and representations. This page will be updated to record and provide news on when key milestones are reached.

For an up-to-date feed on the progress of the review, please check the latest news.

For a more in-depth, detailed monitoring of the progression of the Central Lancashire Local Plan and its implementation, see the latest Monitoring Report.

UPDATE: An updated LDS has been published in February 2020 with the revised timetable for all stages below:


Key Stage




Stage One

Issues and Options

(Regulation 18- statutory Consultation)





Consultation process involving engagement of all stakeholders, statutory (UU, EA, HE etc.) and non-statutory including public bodies, members of the public, developers etc.

This will include publication of the initial tranche of sites suggested for development..

 Winter 2019



Consultation Period

November 2019 – February 2020



Stage two

Preferred Options

(Regulation 18)







Following Issues and Options Consultation, further detailed consideration of the sites will be undertaken looking at consultation responses and review of existing policies and drafting of the new Local Plan policies will be undertaken.


This will conclude with a ‘Preferred Options’ draft Local Plan being published for consultation.



Expected Spring/ summer2021




Consultation Period

June 2021- August 2021





Stage Three

Publication Draft

(Regulation 19)




The new draft Local Plan, the Integrated Appraisal and statement of consultation along with any topic papers


Expected Autumn 2022.


Consultation Period

October 2022 – Dec 2022




Stage four

Submission Stage




Collation of Representations to the Publication Draft Local Plan and submission to the Planning Inspectorate ahead of the examination in public.


Submission to the Planning Inspectorate expected March 2023



This will follow the examination in public which is expected to last between 6 and 12 months. The length of time depends on the representations made and the extent to which the Inspector requires further work to be undertaken and/or modifications to the draft plan.



November/ December 2023

Updated on 27 February 2020