Sefton Local Plan
The Government’s Planning Inspector, who has been charged with the examination of Sefton’s Local Plan, has just confirmed his decision on the allocation of a chosen employment site in Formby within the Local Plan.
Originally, two sites were put forward by Sefton Council – land North and land South of the existing Formby Industrial Estate.
However, the Inspector has confirmed his decision to only allocate the North site and has also made it clear he is not willing to take any further representations on this or any other matter surrounding the Local Plan.
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “While this enables us to move forward with clarity, I am very disappointed with regard to his decision not to include both of the proposed sites, North and South of the existing Formby Industrial Estate, in his findings.
“Our position has always been that both sites should be included in the plan and strongly believe there is sufficient demand for both sites to be included. This still remains the case.
“When the Inspector recently asked the Council to express a preference we declined to do so and re-iterated again that both and not just one of the sites should go forward in the Local Plan.
“We will now make contact with both site owners to establish their intentions with regard to the future of both sites, and to see what support we can offer.”
The Local Plan looks to shape the future of Sefton meeting assessed housing and employment needs until 2030.
Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “We are obviously very disappointed that the Inspector has come to this conclusion, but we are encouraged that after a lengthy process, we are almost at a point of adoption of the Local Plan.
“This will provide clarity and certainty for our communities, investors and developers, and will provide a policy framework to help shape the borough over the next decade. We now look forward to receiving the Inspector’s final and detailed Report in the coming months.”
Following receipt of the Inspector’s final report in March, it is likely Sefton Council will adopt the plan later in the year.