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The next Local Plan – have your say

Although the current Local Plan was adopted less than four years ago and aims to cover the period up to 2027, it is normal for councils to adopt a new Local Plan roughly half way through the term. Since they take at least three years to prepare, now is the time to start.

Please go here: Submit your comments to complete a survey of just 36 questions.
(all comments do need to be submitted by 28th April so please don’t delay)

Local Plans aim to maintain a good supply of deliverable sites for development over the period they cover.

The National Planning Policy Framework requires each local planning authority to produce a Local Plan (NPPF 153) and “Early and meaningful engagement and collaboration with neighbourhoods, local organisations and businesses is essential” (NPPF 155)

This is your opportunity to influence the way the next Local Plan develops.

The Council held a series of Consultation Workshops about the Local Plan Review. If you missed that, you can see a copy of their presentation here:

Presentation given at Consultation workshops

If you want more detail, please read the following:

Consultation: Issues and Options

Download the Spatial Portrait Paper
Download the Strategic Development Options Paper
Download the Economic Policy Options Paper
Download the Environmental Policy Options Paper
Download the Social Policy Options Paper

Comment on the above papers

Consultation: Scope of the Local Plan

View and comment on the scope of the Local Plan

Submit your comments

Consultation: Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment

View and comment on the SHELAA

Comment, or submit information, on the SHELAA


Local Development Scheme (LDS)
(sets out the anticipated timetable for preparing the Plan)

Our view

The view of HBTAG is that large scale development in the Northern Parishes (Tarleton, Hesketh Bank & Banks) is unsustainable and is rapidly changing what was a rural community into a throttled commuter dormatory settlement. The area offers no additional employment opportunities, indeed some businesses are closing. The traffic problems on Hesketh Lane and other limitations on local infrastructure mean development should be limited to avoid further inconvenience and loss of amenity for local residents.

We feel development should be focussed where it is needed and of the type appropriate for that area.

Skelmersdale has excellent road access (M57 & M58) and offers a significant opportunity to boost the local economy as the Liverpool2 deep water terminal brings opportunities for new ‘spin off’ industries.

To access the Planning Department’s portal on the Local Plan Review, go here:


(all comments do need to be submitted by 28th April so please don’t delay)

Persimmon to hold another Public consultation over the Altys Brickworks development

On Monday evening 11th May, Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council held its annual general meeting.

During the meeting, Mr Cropper (Clerk) stated that Persimmon were planning to hold a public consultation at the Village Community Centre, Station Road, Hesketh Bank between 4 – 8pm on Tuesday 19th May. This on the basis that the developers have now agreed in principle, the layout of the northern end of the development. We assume he meant to say the Southern end as this (the greenfield) became phase 1 in the Outline application which was approved by the planning committee in December 2014 This follows the recent posting of the decision notice by the planning department of WLBC for Persimmon’s outline application to build on Altys land at Tarleton and Hesketh Bank.

During the meeting, Mr Cropper notified the councillors that, since he had a financial interest in Persimmon, he would remove himself from meetings between Altys, the developers and the planners but would continue with duties as the Council’s Clerk in negotiations.

The Parish Council later moved to disband their planning committee. This having had no reason to sit over the past two years despite the many large and smaller developments that are proposed for the villages of Tarleton & Hesketh Bank.

Those present at the WLBC Planning meeting of 13/11/14 will remember Councillor Pope’s warning that failure to engage to a greater extent than they had previously may lead to detailed applications being refused in the future.

With less than a week to go before the meeting, we have not seen any public notices inviting attendance. We urge anyone planning to attend the meeting to make sure they record any concerns they may have at the meeting and not to respond only to the questions posed by the developers.

For those unfamiliar with this proposed Altys/Persimmon development, the plan is to build around 270 dwellings across adjoining greenfield land in Tarleton and brownfield land on the site of Alty’s old Brickworks in Hesketh Bank. The planned phasing has been reversed. Persimmon now plan to build on the green field first, half of which is within the Coastal Zone (protected against development by West Lancs Borough Council’s policies EN2.5 & EN9.24) with building on the brownfield to follow.

This application has caused a great deal of local concern in the two years it has been running as residents fear the high peak traffic volumes on Hesketh Lane will increase, local services will be further stretched, a greater burden added to the already failing drainage and sewer systems, not to mention low water pressures.


Local residents deserve proper consultation

Whilst the Outline Planning  Application at Alty’s has been approved by the planning committee, it is still showing as ‘pending decision’ on the planning website. We are advised that the planning obligation has not yet been agreed so the decision notice cannot be issued without the signed planning obligation as it too forms part of the decision.

The Local Plan was adopted in October 2013. It included a requirement in Policy EC3 to undertake a masterplanning exercise for any development at Alty’s Brickworks. Despite this, WLBC planning have stated there is no accepted definition of masterplanning and therefore no requirement for the masterplan for this site to be of the standard required for Yew Tree Farm. However, the submitted ‘masterplan’  appears to provide less information than would typically accompany a standard application. This is a complex site and a masterplan should surely, as a minimum, provide certainty regarding what will be delivered on the site, to deliver the optimum mix of employment, leisure and housing, within the many natural constraints of the site.

We do not believe the ‘masterplan’ offered thus far by the developer provides that certainty and that the developer should seek to undertake meaningful consultation with the residents of Hesketh with Becconsall and Tarleton and their Parish Councils.