A new Local Plan is being prepared to shape the future of the Borough between 2020 and 2037.
Regulation 19 Local Plan
The Council is currently preparing a Draft Local Plan for publication before submission to the Secretary of State which will be informed by the results of previous consultation on the Issues and Options document and various evidence studies.
What's the timetable
The timetable for the Local Plan is set out in the Local Development Scheme (LDS). The Council will publish an updated LDS later this year.
The Council consults the public and other stakeholders during the preparation of the Local Plan. How the Council will do this is set out in a Statement of Community Involvement:
The Local Development Scheme will tell you when the next stages in the preparation of the Local Plan will take place.
If you would like to be notified when consultation on the Local Plan next takes place, you can register on the Council's online consultation portal or contact the forward planning team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council is currently consulting on the findings of the Local Green Space Designations: Review of Sites. The study provides information on whether submitted sites meet the criteria to be designated as a Local Green Space. The consultation runs for 8 weeks and closes at 5pm on Friday 6 August 2021.
View and comment on the Local Green Space Designations: Review of Sites using the Council's online Portal.
Consultation on the following evidence studies took place during early 2021:
- Draft Birkenhead 2040 Framework
- Draft Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
- Draft Environmental Sensitivity Study
- Draft Density Study
- Draft Employment Land Study
The comments received are currently being considered and the final reports will be published alongside the submission draft Local Plan later this year.
Issues and Options consultation document
Consultation on the Issues and Options document took place between 27 January and 6 April 2020.
The comments submitted are available to view on the Council's Consultation Portal, below.
The Council's response to these comments will be set out in a consultation statement, which will be published at the same time as the submission draft Local Plan.
Viewing and Inspecting Documents
You can download the following documents below:
- View the Issues and Options Notice of Consultation
- Wirral Local Plan 2020 to 2035 Issues and Options Report
- Wirral Local Plan 2020 to 2035 Issues and Options Appendices
- Issues and Options Summary Document
You can also view the previous site-specific proposals through our draft Policies Map, which will be updated when the submission draft Local Plan is published.
The preparation of the Local Plan is being informed by a number of specialist evidence studies:
New and updated studies that have been published since the Issues and Options Report was prepared can also be viewed below:
Local Plan Action Plan
You can view the Action Plan agreed with Government for the preparation of the Local Plan, below:
View the Action Plan
Duty to Cooperate
The Council has a legal duty to co-operate with a number of statutory bodies and agencies when preparing a Local Plan. A summary of the current position, which will be updated when the submission draft Local Plan is published, can be viewed below:
Responses to previous consultations:
Documents related to the previous stages in the preparation of the Local Plan, including an earlier Development Options Review can be viewed below: