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Employment and housing land studies update

05.30.09 | Comment?

Many West Lancashire readers will be aware that the Borough Council (what was the District Council till last week) are currently going through the lengthy process of developing the new Local Development Framework for the area. 

In essence, that’s the plan which says what can be built where, and what can’t (including what remains in greenbelt) over the next few years.  It’s obviously a pretty important process.

We’ve now reached a vital stage, with the publication of an Employment Land and Premises Study on Thursday 28 May, and the publication on 04 June of a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The employment land and premises study is now available to download here, though be aware it’s pretty big at 298 pages before the appendices and 3.2MB.

The main reason it’s so big is that it’s a joint study with surounding council areas (Knowsley, Halton, Sefton), so in fact it’s more digestible in terms of West Lancashire issues than it looks at first sight.

Sadly, the consultation period on the employment land document is shorter than we would like, and it’s a shame the first week of it is the last week of the election period.  It lasts until Thursday 25 June (the SHLAA consultation lasts till 16 July).

I’ll be reviewing the employment land study in detail in the next day or few, and will post my initial thoughts soon, followed by the SHLAA as soon as it’s published. 

It’d be great to have feedback from people, and I’ll be looking to ensure that the Labour party gets stuck into gathering views and raising awareness.

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