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Adopted plans and policies

Current Local Planning Policy 

Planning law requires that decisions on planning applications be made in the context of National Planning Policy, the Development Plan for the area and any other material considerations. The Development Plan for an area comprises both strategic and non-strategic policies, which are in force at a particular time. 

Collectively, the following documents comprise the Development Plan for St Helens Borough Council:  

The Local Plan

The St Helens Borough Local Plan up to 2037 was adopted in July 2022 following examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Plan

More information on the Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Plan is available on the Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service (MEAS) website.

Area Action Plans

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

There are a series of adopted Supplementary Planning Documents. These provide more detailed advice or guidance on policies in the adopted Local Plan.  

The following SPDs have been produced: 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) do not have Development Plan status. However, they are a material consideration when determining a planning application. 

Adopted Development Briefs

Development Briefs provide further guidance for the development of specific areas. The following Development Brief has been produced: