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Have your say on St Helens Local Plan

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:27

Have your say on St Helens Local Plan

St. Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft (“the Local Plan”) and supporting documents were published under Regulation 19 of the above-mentioned Regulations on 17 January 2019. This article outlines how to have your say on the consultation.

St.Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035: Submission Draft
Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
St. Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft (“the Local Plan”) and supporting documents were published under Regulation 19 of the above-mentioned Regulations on 17 January 2019.

CPRE Lancashire encourages the people of St Helens to have their say.  CPRE Lancashire urges for the reuse of brownfield land for needed development in advance of Green Belt protected land.  We will be looking at the Council’s Brownfield Land Register using our new Toolkit to see if any brownfield sites have been wrongly overlooked. We encourage others to do the same.

How can you view the Plan and submit representations?

Copies of the Plan, together with a Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulation Assessment, Green Belt Review and other supporting documents (as well as Frequently Asked Questions and a Statement of the Representations Procedure) are available for inspection on the Council website at and (from 8.30 am until 5.15 pm on weekdays) at Ground Floor reception, St. Helens Town Hall, St Helens. Key documents are also available at all St.Helens Council libraries (see for details of locations and opening times).

You may submit comments (known as ‘representations’) on the Local Plan. Representations must be sent:

·         by post to Local Plan, St Helens Council, St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP; or
·         by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or
·         by using the on-line form at

All representations must be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 13th March 2019.
Please note that late representations cannot be accepted.
It is recommended that comments are made by completing the Council’s Publication Stage Representation Form using the guidance notes. The forms and guidance notes are available to download from the Council’s website at, and from the Ground Floor Reception, St. Helens Town Hall, St Helens from 8.30am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday and at all local St. Helens libraries. Alternatively, you can contact the Planning Policy Team on 01744 676190.

Next steps

Previously, the Council consulted on the Local Plan Preferred Options. It has taken representations received at that and earlier stages into account when producing the current ‘Submission Draft’ of the Plan. Following the current consultation, the Council intends to submit the current version of the Plan, together with any representations received during the consultation, to the Government. We expect to do this in summer 2019. A Government Planning Inspector will then examine the Plan and its supporting evidence. He or she will probably hold public hearings as part of this process. Following the examination, the Inspector will decide whether the Plan is ‘sound’ and can be adopted by the Council (with or without modifications). The Council expects to adopt the Plan in 2020.

How can I find out more?

A series of drop in sessions have been arranged at various locations across the Borough at which you will be able to find out more (listed below). Please see the Council’s website at for further details of these events.
'Drop-in' Events

The Council is holding a number of local 'drop-in' events in neighbourhoods across St.Helens.
These sessions are open to all and will give you an opportunity to view the Plan and ask any questions you may have. The events are as follows:
St Helens Town Hall, St Helens town centre – Tuesday 22nd January, 12pm–5pm
St Ann’s Millennium Centre, Rainhill – Tuesday 29th January, 2pm–6.30pm
St John Vianney School, Thatto Heath – Tuesday 12th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Newton Library, Newton-le-Willows – Thursday 14th February, 2pm–6.30pm
St Julie’s Church Hall, Eccleston – Monday 18th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Billinge Road Community Hall, Garswood – Wednesday 20th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Haydock Library, Haydock – Monday 25th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Chester Lane Library – Tuesday 26th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Rainford Village Hall, Rainford – Thursday 28th February, 2pm–6.30pm
Hard copies of the Submission Draft, Policies Map, Sustainability Appraisal Non-Technical Summary and the Report of Consultation, plus the Green Belt Review and Infrastructure Delivery Plan, are also available for inspection at the Council Town Hall Ground Floor Reception and all libraries within St.Helens.

To focus more effort on important rural campaigns CPRE Lancashire has closed the Springfield Office in Leyland.  To get in touch with us, please contact or phone 01772 378831. Post can be sent to CPRE Lancashire, c/o Acres Brook, Sabden Road, Higham, BB12 9BL

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