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St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Examination

The Examination Library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed the production of the Local Plan. It also contains documents relating to the examination and will be updated as the examination progresses.

Inspector & Programme Officer Documents

INSP001 - Programme Officer Letter (PDF) [102KB]
INSP002 - Examination Guidance Notes (PDF) [118KB]
INSP003 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues and Soundness (PDF) [234KB]
INSP004 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues and Soundness - Generic & DM Policies (PDF) [165KB]
INSP005 - Inspectors' Preliminary Matters & Issues - Site Allocations and Safeguarded Land Document (PDF) [150KB]
INSP006 - Letter from the Inspectors to the Council (PDF) [108KB]
INSP007 - Inspectors' Matters, Issues & Questions (PDF) [422KB]
INSP008 - Letter from the PO to all Representors, 1st April 2021 (PDF) [105KB]
INSP009 - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C (PDF) [229KB]
INSP009A - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C (PDF) [219KB]
INSP009B - Draft Hearings Programme - This has been superseded by INSP009C (PDF) [163KB]
INSP009C - Draft Hearings Programme (PDF) [153KB]
INSP010 - Data Sharing Agreement between St Helens Borough Council and the Planning Inspectorate relating to the St Helens Borough Local Plan (PDF) [299KB]
INSP011 - Inspectors additional preliminary question GPDO (PDF) [90KB]
INSP012 - A schedule of SHLAA sites where there is disagreement between the Council and representors on delivery (PDF) [145KB]
INSP013 - Inspectors' Letter on Housing Land Supply and the revised National Planning Policy Framework (PDF) [164KB]
INSP014 - Post-hearings advice letter to Council - August 2021 (PDF) [161KB]
INSP015 - Inspector's Final Report and Main Modifications Schedule (PDF) [12MB]  

Council Documents

SHBC001 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary Questions (PDF) [753KB]
SHBC002 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary Questions on Generic and Development Management Policies (PDF) [509KB]
SHBC003 - Background Paper on Open Space (PDF) [319KB]
SHBC004 - Further evidence on Housing Supply, including updated SHLAA Site Assessments (PDF) [3MB]
SHBC005 - Response to Inspectors' Preliminary questions on Site Allocations and Safeguarded Land (PDF) [435KB]
SHBC006 - Formal Notice of the commencement of hearings (PDF) [113KB]
SHBC007 - Updated Employment and Housing Land Supply Information Document (PDF) [610KB]
SHBC008 - Response to additional question about the General Permitted Development Order (PDF) [106KB]
SHBC009 - Note on the Statement of Community Involvement (SD015) (PDF) [70KB]
SHBC010 - St Helens Local Plan Draft Schedule of Modifications (PDF) [7MB]
SHBC011 - Spatial Distribution of Housing Land Supply (PDF) [236KB]
SHBC012 - Site Selection Paper (PDF) [308KB]
SHBC013 - Note on the updated standard methodology figure and affordability ratios (PDF) [224KB]
SHBC014 - Amion note on the socio-economic effects of the Parkside West Phase 1 proposal (PDF) [17MB]  (submitted to the associated public inquiry)
SHBC015 - Note on the LCR freeport and Parkside (PDF) [174KB]
SHBC016 - Letter from Freightliner regarding Parkside East (PDF) [195KB]
SHBC017 - Omega Employment Site Plan 1EA - potential extended allocation (PDF) [298KB]
SHBC017A - Omega Employment Site Plan 1EA - proposed revised green belt boundary (PDF) [389KB]
SHBC018 - Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy Review 2017 - Executive Summary (PDF) [181KB]
SHBC019 - Moss Nook (10HA) Parameters Plan (PDF) [814KB]
SHBC020 - Note and plans on active travel routes (PDF) [8MB]
SHBC021 - Note on SHLAA site 25 (Alexandra Park, Former Pilkington HQ) (PDF) [5MB]
SHBC022 - Note on urban site housing delivery in St Helens (PDF) [100KB]
SHBC023 - Note on proposed site allocation 7HA (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC024 - Parkside inquiry highways and air quality note (PDF) [160KB]
SHBC025 - Policy LPC06 - replacement issue note (PDF) [105KB]
SHBC026 - Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan Note (PDF) [137KB]
SHBC027 - Economic Viability Assessment Update Note (PDF) [517KB]
SHBC028 - St Helens Greenbelt Compensatory Measures Information (PDF) [1MB]  
SHBC029 - Gypsy and Traveller Note (PDF) [60KB]
SHBC030 - Letter to Inspectors Aug 21 regarding Updated Housing Trajectory (PDF) [117KB]
SHBC031 - Housing Land Supply position statement 31.03.2021 Updated Aug 21 (PDF) [753KB]
SHBC032 - Information Note Employment land uptake 2018-19 and 2020-21 (PDF) [71KB]
SHBC033 - Symmetry Park, Wigan - Secretary of State decision and Inspector extracts (PDF) [400KB]
SHBC034 - Wingates, Bolton - Secretary of State decision and Inspector extracts (PDF) [307KB]
SHBC035 - Council response to post-hearing advice note (INSP014) (PDF) [140KB]
SHBC035A - Sankey Valley Industrial Estate open space information note (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC036 - Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications, November 2021 (PDF) [14MB]
SHBC037 - Omega Zone 8 - Secretary of State decision (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC038 - Parkside Link Road - Secretary of State decision (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC039 - Haydock Point - Secretary of State decision (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC040 - Parkside West (Former Parkside Colliery), Phase 1 - Secretary of State decision (PDF) [1MB]
SHBC041 - Eccleston Park Golf Course Planning Application - Officer Report (PDF) [25MB]
SHBC042 - Eccleston Park Golf Course Planning Application - Decision Notice (PDF) [105KB]
SHBC043 - St Helens Borough Council Main Modifications Summary Spreadsheet (Excel doc) [218KB]
SHBC043.1-9 - Representations received to the Main Modifications consultation, including an index of representations

Hearing Statements, Agendas and Action Points

See hearing statements, agendas and action points in response to the Examination Matters identified.

Representations received at the Local Plan 2020 - 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage

All valid representations received at the St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 - 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage are available to view via the links in the Examination Library below. In accordance with the requirements of the Planning Inspectorate, the representations are provided in two formats. One set of documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27) contain representations in 'representor' order. In these documents the full representations made by all representors are provided in alphabetical order (based on representor's surnames).

Another set of documents (SD007.1-SD007.35) contain the representations in 'Plan' order (this is the order they relate to different parts and policies within the Plan). Many of the representations relate to multiple parts and policies within the Plan. Only the part of the representation relating to a specific part or policy within the Plan have been included under the relevant section within documents SD007-SD007.35. As set out above, full representations can be viewed in the representor order representation documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27).

Documents SD007 and SD008 provide an index of representor names and associated representor and Plan order reference numbers.

In respect to submitted petitions, only the lead petitioner's details (the individual that submitted the petition) have been used. Therefore, details of those individuals that signed a petition are not set out in the representor order and Plan order document indexes (SD007 and SD008), just that of the lead petitioner. The full petition documents are provided in the representor order representation documents (document references: SD008.1-SD008.27). Where a representation had five or more signatories, they were treated as a petition.

Further information about representations received at the Local Plan 2020 - 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage can be found in section 4.3 of the Consultation Statement (document reference: SD004). The Consultation Statement describes how St Helens Borough Council has undertaken community participation and stakeholder involvement in the production of the Local Plan. The document sets out how such efforts have shaped the Plan, together with the key and main issues raised by representations at the St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 - 2035 Submission Draft (2019) stage, and where appropriate, the council's response.

Submission Documents 

The Submission Documents include some that have only recently been published - a draft schedule of changes (SD003), an updated Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SD013), Green Belt Review Stage 2B proformas (SD021) and a number of Background Papers (SD22-28). There will be an opportunity to comment on these documents later in the examination process.

The format of the Regulation 22 Consultation Statement (SD004) has been amended at the Inspectors' request. The updated document replaces the original submission document.

Draft Local Plan 

SD001: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Written Statement, January 2019 (PDF) [21MB]

SD002: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Policies Map, January 2019 (PDF) [63MB]

SD003: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Schedule of Changes, October 2020 (PDF) [7MB]

SD004: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Regulation 22 Consultation Statement, March 2020 (PDF) [12MB]

SD029: St Helens Council Local Plan Submission Letter to the Planning Inspectorate, October 2020 (PDF) [147KB]

Sustainability Appraisal

SD005: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal Main Report, January 2019 (PDF) [1MB]

SD005.1: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Non-Technical Summary, January 2019 (PDF) [460KB]

SD005.2: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Appendix 5: Scoping Report, January 2019 (PDF) [775KB]

SD005.3: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Sustainability Appraisal 2019 Technical Appendix A, January 2019 (PDF) [30MB]

SD005.4: St Helens Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal, Addendum Report, September 2020 (PDF) [516KB]

SD005.5: St Helens Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal, Addendum Report, June 2021 (PDF) [77KB]

SD005.6: Sustainability Appraisal of the Proposed Main Modifications, November 2021 (PDF) [804KB]

Habitat Regulations Assessment 

SD006: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment, December 2018 (PDF) [1MB]

SD006.1: St Helens Local Plan 2020-2035 Submission Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment, Addendum Report, September 2020 (PDF) [7MB]

SD006.2: Habitats Regulation Assessment of the Proposed Main Modifications, November 2021 (PDF) [7MB]

Representations

All representations can be viewed via the documents included on the Examination Library - Representations Received webpage. 

SD007: Representations received under Regulation 20 to St Helens Local Plan Submission Draft in Plan order 

SD008: Representations received under Regulation 20 to St Helens Local Plan Submission Draft in Respondents order

Strategic Documents

SD009: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Duty to Cooperate Statement, October 2020 (PDF) [5MB]

SD010: Liverpool City Region Spatial Planning Statement of Common Ground, October 2019 (PDF) [955KB]

SD011: LCR Statement of Cooperation on Local Planning, March 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

SD012: Warrington Borough Council - Statement of Common Ground, 2020 (PDF) [1MB]

SD012.1: Warrington Borough Council Draft Statement of Common Ground (March 2019) - St Helens Council Suggested Minor Revisions, October 2020 (PDF) [620KB]

SD030: LCR and Neighbouring Authorities Indicative Green Belt Coverage Map (PDF) [1MB]

SD031: Highways England Statement of Common Ground, May 2021 (PDF) [938KB]

Key Supporting Documents 

SD013: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2020, October 2020 (PDF) [5MB]

SD014: St Helens Council Local Development Scheme 2020, September 2020 (PDF) [266KB]

SD015: St Helens Local Development Framework Statement of Community Involvement, November 2013 (PDF) [828KB]

SD015A: SCI Addendum, May 2021 (PDF) [216KB]

SD016: Soundness Self-Assessment Checklist, October 2020 (PDF) [705KB]

SD017: Legal Compliance Checklist, October 2020 (PDF) [443KB]

SD018: St Helens Council Annual Monitoring Report 2020, October 2020 (PDF) [670KB]

SD019: Draft Biodiversity SPD October, 2020 (PDF) [6MB]

SD020: Green Belt Review 2018, December 2018 (PDF) [24MB]

SD021: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020 - 2035 Green Belt Review Stage 2B Assessments, October 2020 (PDF) [4MB]

Background Papers

SD022: Employment Land Need and Supply Background Paper, October 2020 (PDF) [1MB]

SD023: Heritage Background Paper, April 2020 (PDF) [7MB]

SD024: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Background Paper, October 2020 (PDF) [6MB]

SD025: Housing Need and Supply Background Paper, October 2020 (PDF) [1MB]

SD026: Developing the Strategy Background Paper, October 2020 (PDF) [726KB]

SD027: Bold Forest Garden Suburb Position Statement, October 2020 (PDF) [14MB]

SD028: Climate Change Background Paper, October 2020 (PDF) [281KB]

Evidence Base Documents

Employment and Economy including Retail 

EMP001: St Helens ELNS Addendum Report, January 2019 (PDF) [926KB]

EMP002: St Helens Employment Land Needs Study, October 2015 (PDF) [2MB]

EMP003: St Helens Allocations Local Plan - Economic Evidence Base Paper, September 2015 (PDF) [6MB]

EMP004: St Helens Retail & Leisure Study, May 2017 (PDF) [1MB]

EMP005: Parkside Logistics and Rail Freight Interchange Study, August 2016 (PDF) [3MB]

EMP006: Parkside Logistics and Rail Freight Interchange Study Addendum - Parkside West Rail Design and Noise and Acoustics Study, April 2017 (PDF) [1MB]

EMP007: St. Helens Economic Land Position Statement, December 2009 (PDF) [1MB]

EMP008: St. Helens Employment Land and Premises Study, May 2011 (PDF) [10MB]

EMP009: Review of Employment Land in St. Helens to 2027, September 2011 (PDF) [533KB]

EMP010: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Report Capability & Capacity Analysis, July 2018 (PDF) [517KB]

EMP011: St Helens Town Centre Strategy, September 2017 (PDF) [11MB]

EMP012: Parkside Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Capacity Study (PDF) [3MB]

Flood Risk and Water 

FLO001: St Helens Council Strategic Flood Risk Assessment September 2014 (PDF) [5MB]

FLO002: Sankey Catchment Action Plan June 2018 (PDF) [1MB]

Green Belt

GRE001: St Helens Local Plan Draft Green Belt Review 2016, December 2016 (PDF) [43MB]

Gypsies and Travellers

GYP001: Merseyside and West Lancashire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, January 2015 (PDF) [2MB]

Housing 

HOU001: St Helens Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update January 2019 (PDF) [1MB]

HOU002: St Helens Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update July 2017 (PDF) [7MB]

HOU003: Mid Mersey Strategic Housing Market Assessment January 2016 (PDF) [3MB]

HOU004: St Helens Brownfield Land Register 2019 (PDF Plan) (PDF) [66MB]

HOU004: St Helens Brownfield Land Register 2019 (Excel csv file) (Excel doc) [29MB]

Monitoring

MON001: 2018-19 Annual Monitoring Report, 2019 (PDF) [614KB]

Natural Environment

NAT001: St Helens Landscape Character Assessment, January 2006 (PDF) [17MB]

NAT002: Phase 1 habitats Survey, January 2005 (PDF) [911KB]

NAT003: Liverpool City Region Renewable Energy Study Part 1 and 2, December 2009 and 2010 (PDF) [11MB]

NAT004: Local Wildlife Sites Citations

NAT005: Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Halton, and Warrington Joint Local Aggregate Assessment, January 2018 (PDF) [2MB]

NAT006: Liverpool City Region Ecological Network, October 2015 (PDF) [6MB]

NAT007: The Mersey Forest Plan, 2014 (PDF) [41MB]

Open Space, Sport and Recreation 

OPE001: St Helens Indoor and Built Sports Facilities Needs Assessment, June 2016 (PDF) [4MB]

OPE002: St Helens Indoor and Built Sports Facilities Needs Assessment - Golf Course Addendum, June 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

OPE003: St Helens Open Space Assessment, June 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

OPE004: St Helens Playing Pitch Strategy Assessment Report, February 2016 (PDF) [2MB]

OPE005: St Helens Playing Pitch Strategy & Action Plan, July 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

Sub-regional

SUB001: LCR Strategic Housing & Employment Land Market Assessment (SHELMA), March 2018 (PDF) [3MB]

SUB002: LCR SHELMA Large Scale B8 Site Supply Assessment, June 2018 (PDF) [2MB]

SUB003: LCR SHELMA Areas of Search Assessment, August 2019 (PDF) [757KB]

SUB004: LCR SHELMA Areas of Search Assessment Addendum Sheet, November 2019 (PDF) [21KB]

SUB005: LCR Housing and Economic Development Evidence Base Overview Study, May 2011 (PDF) [5MB]

SUB005.1: LCR Housing and Economic Development Evidence Base Overview Study - Technical Appendix, May 2011 (PDF) [3MB]

Transport and Infrastructure

TRA001: St Helens SATURN Model: Validation Report May, 2018 (PDF) [18MB]

TRA002: St Helens SATURN Model: Forecasting Report, June 2018 (PDF) [7MB]

TRA003: St Helens Transport Impact Assessment Report, January 2019 (PDF) [23MB]

TRA004: St Helens Sustainable Transport Impact Assessment Report, January 2019 (PDF) [74MB]

TRA005: Bold Forest Garden Suburb Transport Review, August 2019 (PDF) [5MB]

TRA006: St Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035 Infrastructure Delivery Plan, December 2018 (PDF) [9MB]

TRA007: M6 Junction 23 Haydock Island Capacity Feasibility Study, June 2019 (PDF) [40MB]

TRA008: A580 / M6 J23 Improvement Options Supplementary Report Junction Assessment Results - Vista Road Link Option, September 2019 (PDF) [6MB]   

TRA009: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Long Term Rail Strategy, 2018 (PDF) [3MB]

TRA010: Skelmersdale Rail Link Business Case Study Final Report, Lancashire County Council, 2015 (PDF) [4MB]

Viability

VIA001: St Helens Economic Viability Assessment, December 2018 (PDF) [3MB]

VIA002: Briefing note - additional viability testing of open space contributions (PDF) [251KB]

Local Plan Initial Stages of Preparation 

LPI001: St Helens Local Plan Scoping Consultation Document, January 2016 (PDF) [3MB]

LPI002: Summary of Representations on St Helens Local Plan Scoping Consultation 20th January - 2nd March 2016 Document, January 2017 (PDF) [1MB]

LPI003: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, December 2016 (PDF) [10MB]

LPI003.1 St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Draft Policies Map, December 2016 (PDF) [44MB]

LPI004: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Report of Consultation, December 2018 (PDF) [2MB]

LPI005: St Helens Cabinet Report 23.09.2020, September 2020 (PDF) [308KB]

LPI006: St Helens Cabinet Report 06.03.2020, March 2020 (PDF) [115KB]

LPI007: St Helens Full Council Report 19.12.2018, December 2018 (PDF) [28MB]

LPI008: St Helens Cabinet Report 12.12.2018, December 2018 (PDF) [28MB]

LPI009: St Helens Cabinet Report 16.11.2016, November 2016 (PDF) [19MB]

LPI010: St Helens Cabinet Report 06.01.2016, January 2016 (PDF) [483KB]

LPI011: St Helens Cabinet Report 18.11.2015, November 2015 (PDF) [189KB]

LPI012: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Sustainable Appraisal Interim SA Report, December 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

LPI012.1: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, Sustainability Appraisal: Interim SA Report, Non technical summary, December 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

LPI012.2: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options, Sustainability Appraisal: Technical Appendix A Site Appraisals, December 2016 (PDF) [30MB]

LPI013: St Helens Local Plan Preferred Options Habitats Regulations Assessment, December 2016 (PDF) [9MB]

Local Policy

St Helens Existing Development Plan

LOC001: St Helens Local Plan Core Strategy, October 2012 (PDF) [3MB]

LOC002: Saved Policies of the St Helens 1998 Unitary Development Plan (last saved in 2012), October 2012 (PDF) [1MB]

LOC003: Merseyside and Halton Joint Waste Local Plan, July 2013 (PDF) [4MB]

LOC004: Bold Forest Park Area Action Plan, July 2017 (PDF) [8MB]

St Helens Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and other planning guidance

LOC005: Affordable Housing SPD, January 2010 (PDF) [2MB]

LOC006: Biodiversity SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [5MB]

LOC007: Design & Crime SPD, October 2009 (PDF) [6MB]

LOC008: Design Guidance SPD, September 2007 (PDF) [8MB]

LOC009: Ensuring a Choice of Travel SPD, June 2010 (PDF) [5MB]

LOC010: Householder Development SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [3MB]

LOC011: Hot Food Takeaway SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [4MB]

LOC012: King Street Design Brief SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [4MB]

LOC013: List of Locally Important Buildings SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [3MB]

LOC014: Local Economy SPD, November 2013 (PDF) [1MB]

LOC015: New Residential Development SPD, June 2011 (PDF) [2MB]

LOC016: Residential Character Areas SPD, June 2010 (PDF) [8MB]

LOC017: Shopfronts SPD, June 2010 (PDF) [3MB]

LOC018: Telecommunications SPD, June 2008 (PDF) [1MB]

LOC019: Trees and Development SPD, June 2008 (PDF) [4MB]

LOC020: Eccleston Works Development Brief, October 2008 (PDF) [5MB]

LOC021: Land adjacent Laffak Road and Carr Mill Road Development Brief, October 2009 (PDF) [11MB]

National Policy and Guidance 

NATP001: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), February 2019 (PDF) [593KB]

NATP002: Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings, Volume 1: Dwellings 2015 edition incorporating 2016 amendments, March 2016 (PDF) [1MB]

NATP003: Approved Document M - Access to and use of buildings, Volume 1: Dwellings Corrections to the Approved Documents 2015 edition including 2016 amendments, March 2016 (PDF) [321KB]