Planning Policy

Planning policy is used to help determine planning applications - what can be built, where, and how buildings are used. It is also used to plan for our future needs, assessing what change is likely to happen and where, and what policies are needed to achieve this.

Planning policy within the borough is currently contained in a number of statutory documents:-

The Chorley Local Plan (adopted 2015)
The Chorley Local Plan identifies the scale of development in each settlement and allocates sites to meet the development needs of Chorley up to th​e period 2026 in order to achieve the vision for growth as outlined in the Core Strategy. The Local Plan identif​ies key local issues and provides a set of policies to manage change which will be used by the Council to determine planning applications. The Local Plan is in general conformity with the strategic objectives of the adopted Core Strategy. It replaces the Local Plan Review 2003. Go to link on the right - Chorley Local Plan 2012-2016 to see the document. 

The Central Lancashire Core Strategy (adopted 2012) Prepared jointly by Chorley, South Ribble and Preston Councils. It sets out the vision, objectives and spatial strategy for the development of Central Lancashire to 2026 and includes policies on key issues: housing, transport, business and industry and the environment.

The Joint Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan prepared jointly by Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council. It consists of an adopted Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and an adopted Minerals and Waste Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Further information is available from Lancashire County Council. ​

For latest information please see Planning Policy News webpage 
If you require any information or assistance please email Alternatively please ring 01257 515151. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


  • Statement of Community Involvement

    The Council adopted the Statement of Community Involvement 2019 (SCI) In April 2019.

    The document provides the community and other interested parties with clarity on the levels of involvement in the planning process. It details how the Council will consult in relation to preparing planning policy documents and in determining planning applications.

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new way of collecting contributions from developments towards the provision of infrastructure required to support growth in Chorley. It is a tariff that will be applied per square metre of new development, which may vary by use. Chorley Council is responsible for setting the CIL charge, collecting CIL money and allocating money for infrastructure projects. Our Charging Schedule is required to be independently examined.

    The CIL charge is applicable to developments that received planning permission on or after 1 September 2013. For further information, please see our CIL Frequently Asked Questions document.

    The Central Lancashire authorities - South Ribble, Preston and Chorley - worked together to bring in the levy. Following an examination CIL was adopted by Chorley Council on 16 July 2013 with charging commencing from 1 September 2013. A charging schedule sets out the rates to be charged per square metre for different types of development.

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) (Regulations 2019) came into force on 1 September 2019 and Government has issued updated Planning Practice Guidance. This includes removing the previous restriction on pooling more than 5 planning obligations towards a single piece of infrastructure. It also removes the Regulation 123 List which identifies projects that may be suitable for part CIL funding.

    The Council has prepared an Interim Infrastructure Funding Statement 2019/20.

    CIL guidance notes provide further guidance on the CIL process. The Council has prepared CIL Process Charts, ​a CIL instalment policy, and a CIL land and infrastructure payment policy.

    An annual CIL Financial Report is prepared by the Council.

    All these documents are available to download on the right hand side of the page.

    From week commencing 3 September 2018 the Planning Obligations Team will be offering appointments to applicants and agents to come in and discuss the implication of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on their development. 

    Appointments will be available on Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm and Thursdays 9am - 12pm.

    Please call 01257 515151 to make an appointment.

  • Supplementary planning documents

    The Development Plan in supplemented by a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which add guidance in specific policy areas. Unlike Development Plan Documents (DPDs) they do not require independent examination before they are adopted. They must be prepared in consultation with interested parties.

    The purpose of Supplementary Planning Documents is to provide guidance on the interpretation and implementation of relevant planning policies, particularly those in the Central Lancashire Core Strategy and Chorley Local Plan.

    The Central Lancashire Supplementary Planning Documents cover:
     • Affordable Housing
    This provides advise on how the Council’s affordable housing policy as set out in Core Strategy Policy 7 (Affordable Housing) is to be implemented. It includes guidance on the range of approaches, standards and mechanisms required to deliver a range of affordable housing to meet local needs.

     • Controlling Re-use of Employment Premises
    This sets out the Council’s approach to dealing with development proposals involving the re-use of existing employment premises and sites. It develops Core Strategy Policy 10 (Employment Premises and Sites) by setting out a balanced criteria based approach , including marketing and an assessment of the viability of employment use, under which all proposals for re-use will be assessed. It sets out the requirements of a marketing strategy and provides a marketing checklist.
    Rural Development
    This sets out the Council’s approach to development in rural areas. Core Strategy Policy 13 (Rural Economy) sets out a number of specific ways local planning authorities may help to achieve economic and social improvement in rural areas. This guidance sets out specific considerations relevant to particular land uses including employment, tourism, equestrian development, community facilities; recreational development, and re-use, replacement or extension to buildings in the countryside.
    Access to Healthy Food (currently under review)
    Design Guide
    A key objective of this document is to raise the level and quality of design of new buildings in the built environment and in doing so reinforce its unique character. This provides an overview of the design principles the Council's will employ when considering planning proposals. It covers residential, commercial, public realm and shop-front developments as well as proposals for new infrastructure. The particular Core Strategy policies which relate to design are Policies 16 (Heritage Assets),17 (Design of New Buidlings,18 (Green Infrastructure), and 27 (Sustainable Resources and New Developments)

     • Open Space and Play Pitch
    This provides advice on how the Council’s open space and playing pitch policies, as set out in Local Plan policies HS4A (Open Space Requirements in New Housing developments) and HS4B (Playing Pitch Requirements in New Housing Developments) are to be implemented. This includes guidance on provision standards and how they will be applied; along with the accessibility and qualitative assessments, to determine the amount of new open space and playing pitch provision or appropriate financial contributions required from new residential developments. Core Strategy Policies 18: Green Infrastructure and 19: Areas of Separation and Major Open Space are also relevant to this SPD. See also associated Financial Contributions document.

     • Biodiversity and Nature Conservation
    This relates to Core Strategy Policy 22 on Biodiversity and Geodiversity and Local Plan Policy BNE9 (Biodiversity and Nature Conservation). This explains the Council’s approach towards conserving, protecting and enhancing biodiversity. It provides guidance for applicants in terms of understanding the relevant policies and what is required as part of the planning application process in order to protect, conserve and enhance biodiversity. It also provides information on how to consider planning applications having an impact on ecological networks, which are links between sites of biodiversity importance. In Lancashire they have been mapped by Lancashire County Council on behalf of the Lancashire Local Nature Partnership. See also associated Grassland and Woodland Ecological Network Maps, and the Lancashire Ecological Network Approach and Analysis

    The Supplementary Planning Documents relating specifically to Chorley which expand on guidance set out in the policies within the Chorley Local Plan are:

    Renewable and Low Carbon Energy
    This provides further guidance on Core Strategy Policies 27 (Sustainable Resources and New Developments) and 28 (Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes). It sets out the various renewable and low carbon energy technologies, their requirements and the planning issues associated with each technology that will need to be addressed as part of any planning application. There are a number of policies within the Local Plan that will need to be taken into consideration when determining planning applications for renewable and low carbon energy schemes. These include Policies BNE1(Design Criteria for New Development); BNE8 (Protection and Enhancement of Heritage Assets); BNE9 (Biodiversity and Nature Conservation) and BNE11(Species Protection).

    Householder Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document (2017)
    This relates to the design standards set within Core Strategy Policy 17 on Design of New Buildings; Local Plan Policy HS5 on House Extensions; Local Plan Policy BNE1 on Design Criteria for New Development and the Central Lancashire Design Supplementary Planning Document (2012). It sets out guidance to assist people who wish to extend or alter their property and aims to achieve high quality extensions which respect their surroundings and protect the amenity of neighbours. It sets out the general principles which should be considered when designing an extension and gives specific advice on particular types of extensions and alterations which should be addressed as part of any planning application. It replaces the 2008 Householder Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document.

    Central Lancashire Employment Skills Supplementary Planning Document (September 2017)
    This set out the Council's requirement to see additional benefits (known as social value) incorporated into housing and commercial development opportunities. The SPD provides planning guidance in relation to the preparation of an Employment and Skills Plan which supports the implementation of Core Strategy Policy 15: Skills and Economic Inclusion. An applicant will need to submit an Employment and Skills Statement with a planning application where development exceed the thresholds of Commercial Floorspace (1,000 sqm) and Housing Development (30 units). 

    Preston City, South Ribble Borough Council and Chorley Council now have National Skills Academy Status. The National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) is an industry-led framework supporting clients and contractors to identify, develop and realise employment and skills solutions across construction projects. Achieving this status demonstrates the authorities commitment to creating employment and skills outcomes via the planning application process. 


    Supplementary Planning Guidance /Documents still in forc
    e are:

    Appendix 2 of the Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Guidance (2004)

    All these documents are available to download on the right hand side of the webpage.

  • Evidence base/Monitoring

    All Chorley’s evidence base documents can be viewed on the web page to the right under Evidence Documents.
    Evidence base documents include:

    Central Lancashire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
    Central Lancashire Retail and Leisure Study 2019 
    Central Lancashire Open Space Study Refresh 2019
    Central Lancashire Playing Pitch and Sports Refresh 2019
    Central Lancashire Employment Land Study Nov 2017
    Central Lancashire Employment Land Study April 2019​
    Central Lancashire Housing Study March 2020

    Local Development Scheme
    The purpose of this Local Development Scheme (LDS) is to identify new and revised planning policy the Council is preparing. The document covers the three year period between January 2020 and January 2023.

    Central Lancashire Core Strategy Monitoring
    The joint Central Lancashire Core  Strategy has been produced by the Central Lancashire authorities of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble and was adopted in July 2012; it is a key part of the Local Development Framework. The Council's monitor the performance indicators of the Core Strategy and prepare an annual monitoring report.

    Authority Monitoring Report
    The Local Plan Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) provides an important source of information for assessing whether policy aims and objectives are being achieved, by monitoring and reporting against a broad range of indicators covering environmental, economic and social information. The AMR also contains information on progress in preparing new planning policy documents as set out in the Local Development Scheme, and the collection and spending of money through the Community Infrastructure Levy ​and s106 agreements.

    The Central Lancashire Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Sept 2010)
    Update to the Central Lancashire Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Feb 2012)
    Central Lancashire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (Sept 2017)

    A 5 year Housing Supply Statement is prepared each year – see to the right of this page.
    Each year the Council publishes a Housing Land Monitoring Report which provides information and completions in the Borough – see to the right of this page

    Brownfield Land Register
    The Council is required to maintain a register of previously developed (brownfield) land. The register contains a list of brownfield sites which are considered suitable for residential development. The brownfield register is displayed as a data table and the link can be found to the right of this page. An accompanying map of the Borough showing the boundary of each site entered can be found on the ‘My Map’ page.

    The brownfield register will be updated every year.


    Central Lancashire Employment Land Review
    Central Lancashire Employment Land Study (Nov 2017)

    Each year the Council publishes an Employment Land Monitoring Report - see to the right of this page

  • Chorley Self Build and Custom Build Register

    The Government wants to help more people to build or commission their own homes and requires Chorley Council to maintain and publish a register of people / groups of people (association's), who wish to buy serviced plots of land in Chorley.

    What is a serviced plot of land?
    Defined in the regulation's as being one that has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.
    Anyone applying to go on the register needs to meet eligibility criteria, set out in the application form, and confirm that any house built will be the sole or main residence of a person, or in the case of an association, the sole or main residence of all the people making up the association.
    Information that the regulations require to be published on the register are:
     (a) in the case of an individual, the name and address of the individual;
     (b) in the case of an association -
     • the name and address of the association;
    • the name and address (if different from that of the association) of the lead contact;
     • the number of serviced plots of land in the relevant authority’s area the members of the association are seeking to acquire; and
    (c) in all cases, the date on which the entry in the register was made.

    d usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home.

    Custom build
    Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home.
    There may be some overlap between the two for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

    An “association” means an association of individuals and includes a body corporate on behalf of an association of individuals.

    How do I apply?
    You can apply to Chorley Council for entry in the register. There are separate forms for individuals and associations and these are included within the document Chorley Self Build and Custom Build Registration form that can be down loaded on the right hand side of this web page.
     • If you are an individual complete - Form 1.
     • If you are a member of an association complete - Form 2.

    Please note Completed forms will have to be accompanied by copies of the evidence documents specified on the form. Please do not forget to include copies of documents (these will need to be certified by a solicitor or the post office) showing your eligibility to be included on the register.

    The latest Chorley Custom and Self Build Register summary can be found on the right hand side of this website.

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans and Other Community Rights

    Neighbourhood Development Plans and Other Community Rights
    Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) enable communities to take the lead in producing part of the statutory development plan for the area. Crucially, unlike a parish plan, these NDPs must be used to determine planning applications in a neighbourhood area. NDPs should be initiated and led by the community with the local authority in a supporting and advising role.

    A NDP must be in general conformity with other local development plan documents including the Core Strategy and emerging Local Plan 2012-2026. A NDP cannot be used to prevent development that is already included in the local development plan. Further guidance is available at:

    • RTPI - Neighbourhood Planning
    • Locality - Neighbourhood Planning
    • - Neighbourhood Planning

    Other Community Rights
    The Localism Act also introduced other rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development in their area; Neighbourhood Development Orders, Community Right to Build, and Community Right to Bid. More information is available on