Introduction to the Local Plan

A Local Plan is a strategic document that guides planning decisions and shapes infrastructure investments to shape a borough's growth and development. The Knowsley Local Plan is prepared through a public consultation process. Find out more here.

About the Local Plan

A Local Plan is a blueprint for future development in a borough. It guides planning decisions, shaping infrastructure investments and determining the future pattern of growth.

How is a Local Plan prepared

Gathering evidence

The council conducts studies to assess the needs for new homes, jobs, and infrastructure.

Considering options

The council evaluates different ways to meet development needs and identifies a preferred option.

Public consultation (Regulation 18)

The options are presented to the public for feedback.

Reviewing comments

The council reviews public comments and publishes a draft Local Plan.

Public representation (Regulation 19)

The draft Local Plan is published for feedback on its "soundness."

Public examination

An independent examiner reviews the draft Local Plan and holds public hearings.


The Planning Inspector's report recommends whether to adopt the plan. Once adopted, the Local Plan guides planning decisions.

Get involved

Sign up for the Local Plan consultation database to receive updates and have your say.

What is the Knowsley Local Plan core strategy

The Core Strategy is a key part of the Knowsley Local Plan. It outlines how and where new development and regeneration should take place up to 2028 and beyond. The Core Strategy guides future development, shapes investment plans, and promotes the borough's growth.

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