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Planning policy consultations

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Public involvement and consultation is a very important part of preparing Preston's Local Plan. We will take your views into account.

We want to know your opinions about issues that affect the future of Preston and your feedback will help us shape the future of our City.

Current consultations

Joint Local Plan

The Council is working jointly with Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council (the Central Lancashire authorities) on Local Plan matters.

As such the Council will share any information you provide in consultation responses with the other Central Lancashire authorities for the purposes of planning policy and Local Plan matters only'.

The Central Lancashire Authorities (Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council) have produced a draft Local Development Scheme (PDF) [263KB] which includes a programme for the review of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy and each authority's respective Local Plans.

Preferred Options Part 1 Consultation

The Preferred Options Consultation will be undertaken in two parts;

Part One

Part One is the next step in preparing a new local plan for Central Lancashire and outlines where development will be focused and how the natural environment will be protected.

The purpose of the consultation is to invite views about the emerging Central Lancashire Local Plan to ensure that it meets local needs and aspirations. Both parts of the Preferred Options Consultation will be undertaken under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. While the Part One consultation document takes into account evidence and engagement undertaken to date, it is not the final version of the Local plan.

The full draft version of the new Local Plan will be made available during the Part Two consultation period (anticipated to be Summer 2023).

During this Part One stage we are consulting on the direction of emerging policies, development requirements for housing and employment, and potential site allocations for these uses.

Part Two

The Part Two consultation document will comprise a full suite of draft policies, both strategic and development management (non-strategic) policies, in addition to proposed allocations for all land uses. It will also set out the infrastructure that will be required to support the growth that is planned for Central Lancashire.

Effective and on-going joint working is integral to the production of a positively prepared and justified planning strategy; accordingly the three Central Lancashire local planning authorities consider a single joint local plan as being the most effective way to address the area's strategic priorities and cross boundary issues.

The Central Lancashire Local Plan (when adopted) will replace the Central Lancashire Core Strategy (2012), the Chorley Local Plan (2015), the Preston Local Plan (2015), the Preston City Centre Plan (2016), and the South Ribble Local Plan (2015).

This is an opportunity for you to submit your comments regarding the emerging Local Plan; representations are encouraged online by the deadline (Friday 24 February 2023). Following this, responses will be analysed, reported on, and used to inform the Part Two Consultation planned for Summer 2023.

Give us your views

You can also go to your local library to look at this consultation and get assistance to respond online.

We will also be holding several drop-in events across the three boroughs.

For more information about events where you can come and talk to us please visit the Central Lancashire Local Plan or contact the Central Lancashire Local Plan team on 01257 515555.

Get Involved in the Consultation

You can submit your response until 23.59 hours on Friday 24 February 2023.

Please note that by taking part in this consultation you are giving permission for us (as data controller) or third parties acting on our behalf (as data processors) to collect and process the personal information you provide as part of the consultation. By participating you also consent for us to publish your responses in full or in part (excluding any personally identifiable information).

The consultation documents

Invitation for new site submissions 

We are also now inviting new site submissions (the fourth call for sites) alongside the Part One Preferred Options Consultation. Please visit the Central Lancashire website for details regarding the submission process.

Visit Central Lancashire - Call for Sites 4

Please note previously submitted sites for the same use will not be accepted. The Central Lancashire Local Plan team can help identify whether land has been submitted previously. Please contact the team for further assistance.

Joint Local Plan

The Council is working jointly with Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council (the Central Lancashire authorities) on Local Plan matters.

As such the Council will share any information you provide in consultation responses with the other Central Lancashire authorities for the purposes of planning policy and Local Plan matters only'.

The Central Lancashire Authorities (Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council) have produced a draft Local Development Scheme (PDF) [263KB] which includes a programme for the review of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy and each authority's respective Local Plans.

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