The Local Plan Core Strategy for Knowsley has been found legally sound and compliant.
Government Inspector Martin Pike, who led the Examination in Public of the Plan, has published his final report which concludes that with the recommended modifications, the Plan satisfies legal requirements and complies with national planning policy.
The Local Plan is a vitally important document for the future of Knowsley as it will guide development in the borough up to 2028. It will set out where and how new development and regeneration happens in the borough to provide new homes and employment opportunities.
Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “I am very pleased that the Inspector’s report concludes that Knowsley has been thorough in the preparation of its Local Plan. The report clearly supports the fact that the council has considered the available evidence and the views of the community and stakeholders thoroughly. I am therefore confident that Knowsley’s Local Plan is a sound foundation for the growth the borough in the future.”
The Inspector’s report will be considered by Knowsley Council’s Cabinet and full Council on 16 December. At the Council meeting, a decision will be made on the adoption of the Plan.
The Inspector’s Report can be viewed on the council’s website and in hard copy at libraries and One Stop Shops in Knowsley.
The report is the outcome of the independent Examination of the Local Plan Core Strategy, which included the public hearings in November 2013, July 2014 and June 2015.
The report concludes that with the recommended main modifications set out in its Appendix, the Knowsley Local Plan Core Strategy satisfies the legal requirements and meets national planning policy tests relating to “soundness”. Therefore, the report concludes that with the incorporation of the various modifications, the Local Plan Core Strategy provides an appropriate basis for the planning of Knowsley up to 2028.
At this stage of the process it is not legally possible for the Council to make further amendments to the Plan. The Plan can only be adopted in accordance with the conclusions of the Inspector’s Report.