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  • Central Lancashire Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation

    The Central Lancashire Authorities of Preston City, South Ribble and Chorley are undertaking a review of the development plan(s) for the area and are working towards the preparation of a Joint Local Plan for Central Lancashire. This will be a single Planning document containing the Council’s vision and objectives. It will set strategic and local development management policies and site allocations for future development across the three authorities. Once adopted, the Local Plan will guide the future growth and development in the Central Lancashire area and replace the Central Lancashire Core Strategy (adopted in 2012) and the Local Plans/Site Allocations and Development Management Policies of the 3 Central Lancashire Authorities (all adopted 2015).

    We are now consulting on the first document to be prepared which will help to shape the policies developed in the Local Plan. This is called the ‘Central Lancashire Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation’.

     Consultation on this document will run from Monday 18th November 2019 until Friday 14th February 2020.

    • All documents will be available to view and download here
    • The online survey and documents will be available on our dedicated consultation portal here​

    There are a series of questions we would like you to consider answering as part of this consultation, but you only need to respond to those questions most relevant to you. You can also go into your local library or post office to look at this consultation and to get help to respond online. We will also be holding a series of drop in events across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble during the consultation period where you can come and talk to us about the Local Plan. A full list of the events and deposit points can be found on our website.

    We encourage you to respond online to this consultation because it will be much easier for us to understand what you want to tell us, though if you need to respond to us in writing you can also find details as to how to do this on our website.

  • Consultation: Memorandum of Understanding and Statement of Co-Operation - Notice of Extension of Time to the Consultation on the approach for the Memorandum of Understanding and Statement of Co-Operation

    As a direct response to feedback received, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council are reopening the Central Lancashire housing distribution consultation, as described below.



    The Central Lancashire authorities welcome comments and feedback on the below approach during a 5 week consultation period, running from 00.01 am Monday 9th December 2019 until Monday 13th January 2020 at 11.59pm.

    Please provide your responses via email to:

    Please note that responses already received will be duly considered. However should a respondent wish to add to their submission during the extended time, this is also welcome.

    Proposals Regarding the Provision and Distribution of Housing Land

    Recognising the relevant development plan policy relating to the supply of housing in Central Lancashire was adopted in 2012, the Central Lancashire authorities (namely Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council) propose to apply the standard method formula to calculate the aggregate minimum number of homes needed across the area. This is in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance.

    It is proposed to do this through a Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Statement of Co-operation (SOC) which will be ratified by all three Councils. If approved, the Councils will work together to monitor housing completions and five-year housing land supply positions against these requirements.

    The three Councils intend to implement a distribution of housing based on robust evidence. A Central Lancashire Housing Study has been produced by consultants Iceni, and is available to view in our online evidence base (CHE8). (available to view under the heading 'Download it' on the right hand side of this page)

    The evidence contained within the Central Lancashire Housing Study recommends that the most appropriate distribution of the minimum number of homes needed in the area is as follows, this will be reviewed as the new local plan emerges and the spatial development policies are prepared.

    Preston City Council


    South Ribble Borough Council


    Chorley Council