Memorandum of Understanding & Statement of Co-operation

Recognising the relevant development plan policy relating to the supply of housing in Central Lancashire was adopted in 2012, the Central Lancashire authorities (namely Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council) propose to apply the standard method formula to calculate the aggregate minimum number of homes needed across the area. This is in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance.

It is proposed to do this through a Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Statement of Co-operation (SOC) which will be ratified by all three Councils. If approved, the Councils will work together to monitor housing completions and five-year housing land supply positions against these requirements.

The three Councils intend to implement a distribution of housing based on robust evidence. A Central Lancashire Housing Study has been produced by consultants Iceni, and is available to view in our online evidence base.

The evidence contained within the Central Lancashire Housing Study recommends that the most appropriate distribution of the minimum number of homes needed in the area is (subject to future review) is 40% for Preston, 32.5% for South Ribble and 27.5% for Chorley.

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The Memorandum of Understanding and Statement of Cooperation will be taken through the relevant delegation / Full Council approval processes for each Council. The MOU and Statement of Cooperation was approved by Chorley Council on Tuesday 25th February and South Ribble Borough Council on Wednesday 26th February 2020. A report will be on the agenda for Preston City Council on 16th April 2020, with a recommendation to approve. The MOU and SOC between the Central Lancashire authorities will be adopted and thus take effect immediately following the approval by all three of the Central Lancashire Authorities.

Updated on 18 March 2020

Updated on 25 March 2020