New Local Plan
A new Local Plan is being prepared to shape the future of the Borough between 2021 and 2037.
Wirral Local Plan 2021 - 2037 Submission Draft-Publication for Representations (Regulation 19)
Following the publication in early 2020 of the Wirral Local Plan Issues and Options Document, the council has carefully considered all views received, along with subsequently completed evidence and has prepared a Submission Draft Plan. Full Council at its meeting held on 21st March 2022 approved the publication of the Submission Draft Plan for representations to be submitted on its ‘soundness’ before submitting it to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for Independent Examination.
The Local Plan Submission Draft sets out a vision for how Wirral will change as a place over the next 15 years. At the heart of the Local Plan is the regeneration of the ‘LeftBank’ of the River Mersey and Birkenhead in particular. The proposals set out in the Submission Draft will transform Birkenhead over the next 10 to 15 years addressing several decades of decline and existing social and economic deprivation.
The Submission Draft Plan is the document that will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. It is the version that the Council seeks to adopt, subject to that examination, as the future framework for decision-making on planning.
The Plan will replace the existing Unitary Development Plan which was adopted in 2000 and will provide the main basis upon which future planning applications will be determined.
The Submission Draft Plan, and relevant supporting documents (see below), are being made available for public inspection to provide any individual, group, or business the opportunity to make a representation on the ‘soundness’ and legal compliance (including with the duty to cooperate) of the Draft Local Plan, for consideration by the Planning Inspector.
Please provide your comments (‘representations’) on these documents before the consultation deadline which is 5pm on Friday 24 June 2022. Representations received after this time and date will not be accepted.
Documents published for representations
The council is publishing the following documents for representations to be made:
- View SD2 - Sustainability Appraisal (SA)
- View SD2.1-Sustainability Appraisal Non-Technical Summary
- View SD3-Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)
- View SD4-Wirral Local Plan Equalities Impact Assessment
A range of other supporting documents, background papers and evidence studies which have informed or explain the council’s approach to preparing various parts of the Plan are also available.
The following summary documents have been prepared and can be viewed and downloaded here:
- View the Local Plan Submission Draft – Summary Document
- View the Local Plan Submission Draft Easy Read Document
Please note these are not formal documents and are not subject to representations.
How to view the documents
The Statement of Representations Procedure document explains how and where you can view or inspect the documents which are subject to this representation stage.
You can visit the following walk-in events at the following locations:
|Tuesday 17 May 2022||2pm to 8pm||Wallasey Central Library, Earlston Road, Wallasey, CH45 5DX|
|Thursday 19 May 2022||2pm to 8pm||West Kirby Leisure Centre, Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HX|
|Tuesday 24 May 2022||2pm to 8pm||Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2XB|
|Thursday 26 May 2022||2pm to 8pm||Bebington Library, Civic Way, Bebington, CH63 7PN|
*Please note access will be available for the event but the libraries will not be open beyond normal opening hours.
Please note that it may be necessary to restrict entrance during busy periods for safety.
How to submit a Representation
The ways in which you can submit a representation are explained in the Statement of Representations Procedure:
A Guidance note has been prepared to give further information on how to make a representation:
You can submit your representation in a number of ways:
- The council’s preferred method is for representations to be submitted by using Wirral Council’s online portal
View the Council's Online Consultation Portal
View the guidance note explaining how to make a representation via the online consultation
- Alternatively, you can submit representations by email: Using the Representation Form which can be downloaded here emailing it to: email@example.com
View and download the Representation Form
- Or by post:
Completing a hard copy form, which can also be picked up at any library in the Borough, during normal opening hours and posting to:
Wirral Local Plan,
PO Box 290,
You should read the Statement of Representations Procedure and Guidance Notes (above) on Submitting a Representation for further detailed guidance on how to submit your representations to the Council and what you must consider when preparing your representations.
Representations must be received by 5pm on 24 June 2022. Representations received after this time and date will not be accepted.
Data Protection and Privacy
To ensure an effective and fair examination, it is important that the Inspector and all other participants in the examination process are able to know who has made representations on the plan. The Council will therefore ensure that the names of persons or organisations making representations can be made available (including publication on the Council’s website and or consultation portal) and taken into account by the Inspector.
We are unable to accept anonymous representations. All duly made representations, together with the names of respondents, will be made available on the Council’s website. Personal information such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses will not be published. By submitting a representation, you are confirming that you understand that your response will be published in full, together with your name, including on our website.
The information you provide (including address, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.) will also be shared with the Programme Officer and the Planning Inspector/s, to be used only for the purposes of conducting the examination.
Policies WS6.2, RA1, RA2, RA3, RA4, RA5, RA6, RA7, RA9, RA10, RA11, WP4.2 and WP6.3 of the Local Plan Submission Draft set out requirements for development within a series of areas to conform with masterplans which have been endorsed by the Council.
The preparation of masterplans for these areas is key to regeneration, place making, and ensuring comprehensive development. Further details of these masterplan areas can be viewed here
Further information about the Local Plan
Further information on the Local Plan can be found on the Guide to the Local Plan:
Contacting the Planning Policy Team at Wirral Council
If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the planning policy team using the details below:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
- phone: 0151 691 8235
What's the timetable?
The timetable for the Local Plan is set out in the latest Local Development Scheme (LDS). The LDS was updated in February 2022.
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: email@example.com
Wirral 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:
Issues and Options consultation document
Consultation on the Issues and Options document took place between 27 January and 6 April 2020.
A summary of the comments received and the council’s response can be viewed below:
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 Duty to Cooperate Statement of Compliance has been published with the Local Plan Submission Draft: