The Town and Country Planning legislation exists to safeguard and enhance the environment, and to ensure that conflicting pressures for land use are determined with the community's best interests in mind.
The proper consideration of planning applications constitutes a significant part of the work undertaken by Wirral's planning department.
The Planning Portal offers a wide range of services and guidance on the planning system.
- The Council has published the draft Core Strategy Local Plan that it proposes to submit to the Secretary of State for public examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The deadline for comments was 11th February 2013. Further information can be viewed here.
The Inspector's report following the Public Examination of the Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan was received on the 4th March 2013. More information can be viewed here.
- Two of Wirral's Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners have now applied to the Council for Neighbourhood Planning Forum status: Devonshire Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum and Hoylake Community Planning Forum. Consultation on the constitutions and area boundaries has now closed and the results of representations will be reported to the Council's Cabinet.
- The Planning Inspectorate website closed in September 2011. All appeal and other casework information will now sit alongside the on-line appeals system on the Planning Portal - Planning Inspectorate pages.
- As of Monday the 20th of May, the Government has revoked the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West of England and no longer forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the Borough.