West Lancashire Local Plan 2012 - 2027

West Lancashire Borough Council has developed a local plan that guides development in the Borough during these fifteen years. The plan has been through several stages of consultation and development; the final version can be found on the
West Lancs Local Plan web site pages.

The West Lancashire Local Plan was adopted by the Borough Council on 16 October 2013.

This followed consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Options document early in 2012.  It included draft policies, as well as site allocations.


The key points in the document were:

  • A housing target for the Borough of 4,650 new homes.
  • A target of 75 hectares for employment land 
  • A Strategic Development Site at Yew Tree Farm, Burscough
  • Detailed site allocations for housing, employment and mixed-use developments across the Borough
  • Development Management policies
  • A new and more robust 'Plan B' for housing development, including Green Belt sites, for use if the main plan fails to deliver the required number of new homes.

Consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Options document ran from 5 January to 17 February 2012.  You can see the comments received by following links on the WLBC web site.  A feedback report was published and the plan was then considered at a public inquiry before being amended in accordance with advice from the planning inspector.

As far as Ormskirk is concerned, the key points in the Preferred Options document were:-
  • The Council is no longer pursuing development on land to the east of the town (St Helens Road / Altys Lane /Black Moss Lane area).
  • The Council has rejected a proposal to develop land behind Nursery Avenue / Dark Lane.
  • Land is to be allocated for a total 750 of new homes within the Aughton and Ormskirk area.
  • This total includes 250 new homes on land at Grove Farm, currently in the green belt to the north of Ormskirk. [This is the new Highgrove development.]
  • The Council has supported the expansion of Edge Hill University, allowing 10 hectares of Green Belt land to be released for development, including new student accommodation.
  • There will be limits to the number of houses that can be converted into HMO’s (Houses of Multiple Occupation), including student houses, in the town.
  • The Council continues to support construction of a bypass and improvements to the Ormskirk – Preston rail service. {However, these last two proposals are entirely dependent on funding from central government and are therefore unlikely to proceed in the current economic climate.}