Further consultation on Knowsley’s Local Plan

Published on: Friday, 04-September-2015

Knowsley Council is consulting with the public on a further modification to its Local Plan following a recent change to Government policy related to wind turbine developments.

In June 2015, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement on Local Planning, which introduced changes to national planning policy on wind energy. This issue affects all authorities who are currently preparing a Local Plan.

Government Planning Inspector Martin Pike, who is carrying out the Examination in Public of Knowsley’s Local Plan, advised that a change to the Plan would be needed to reflect these national policy changes.

The suggested change will restrict the development of wind turbines to areas where the Local Plan has identified that they are suitable, and where there is support from the local community.

Knowsley’s emerging Local Plan has not identified any suitable sites for wind energy development and there are no current proposals for wind farms within the borough.

Public consultation will start on Friday 4 September 2015 and all comments must be received by 12 noon on Friday 2 October 2015.

Any responses which relate to other parts of the Plan will not be accepted.

Details of the consultation, modification to the plan, guidance notes, response forms and supporting documents are available at www.knowsley.gov.uk/localplan.
All responses must be submitted by:

  • e-mail to localplan@knowsley.gov.uk; and/or
  • letter to Local Plan Team, Knowsley MBC, Ground Floor, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Liverpool L36 9FB.

Hard copies of these documents are available at the Council’s One Stop Shops in Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot and at libraries in Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby, Prescot and Stockbridge Village.

For further information about the consultation, call the Local Plan team on 0151 443 2326 or email localplan@knowsley.gov.uk.

For information on the Knowsley Local Plan: Core Strategy Examination in Public, please contact the Programme Officer, Paul Morris on 0151 443 3077 or email programmeofficer@knowsley.gov.uk.