Information Studies and Monitoring Reports


Local Development Scheme

As part of the Local Plan, the council must prepare a Local Development Scheme (LDS), which sets out the schedule for the plan's preparation. The LDS has the following roles:

  • It provides a starting point for the people of Knowsley to find out about the planning policies for the borough and how they can get involved in the process
  • It sets out when and what planning policy documents we will produce as part of the Local Plan
  • It sets a timetable for the review of the planning policy documents once they have been prepared

The council published a third fourth revision to the LDS for Knowsley in July 2013.

Statement of Community Involvement

Government regulations require the council to consult the community on planning issues. As part of the Local Plan the council has prepared its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This explains how we will meet these requirements and where we will seek to exceed them. It will set the standard for future consultations and how we will involve the community in planning issues such as preparing new documents and planning applications. Knowsley Council adopted its Statement of Community Involvement on 30 May 2007.

We consulted in December 2016 on a new version of the Statement of Community Involvement which we hope to adopt later this year.

Monitoring Reports

As part of the Knowsley Local Plan, we are required to produce an annual Monitoring Report. The main purposes of the report are:

  • To review actual progress in terms of Local Development Document (LDDs) preparation against the timetable and milestones in the Local Development Scheme (LDS);
  • To assess the extent to which policies in LDDs are being implemented; and
  • To explain, if policies are not being implemented, why and set out what steps are to be taken to make sure they are implemented, amended or replaced.

The council is encouraged to carry out continuous monitoring to make sure the Local Plan's spatial vision and objectives are delivered.

Implementation and Monitoring Reports relating to the Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan are available on the Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service website.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment


The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 159 requires local planning authorities to ‘prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability (SHLAA) to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the plan period’.

The function of the SHLAA is to:

  • Identify sites and broad locations with potential for residential development;
  • Assess their development potential;
  • Assess their suitability for development and the likelihood of development coming forward (availability and achievability).


The SHLAA will therefore provide an up-to-date assessment of housing land supply in Knowsley, to enable monitoring of the implementation of the Local Plan Core Strategy, and to provide evidence to inform decisions relating to land allocations in further Local Plan documents

The first SHLAA (published in March 2010) was carried out jointly with Knowsley, Sefton and West Lancashire Council. Updates for Knowsley were conducted in 2011 and 2012.