What is Neighbourhood Planning?



Please see below a link with details of the draf outline programme of hearing sessions.

The sites located in Melling will be discussed on Tuesday 1 December in Maghull.


Please see the link below to view letter:


The Localism Act 2011 introduces statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England.

Melling Parish Council has submitted a revised application to Sefton Council to designate their parish as a ‘neighbourhood area’ for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:

* Influence where new homes, shops and offices are to be built

* Have your say on what new buildings should look like

* Grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead.

* The plan would address and respond to the Sefton Local Plan’s proposals of developing two sites in Melling (141 houses at Waddicar Lane / Rainbow Drive) and (144 houses at Chapel Lane / Woodland Road). Please note these sites have not been confirmed but have been identified by Sefton Council as where future development should take place once its Local Plan is adopted in 2015.

When made, and following a successful referendum of the local community, the Neighbourhood Development Plan will supersede any relevant policies in the Council's Local Plan and be used to determine planning applications.

Any comments on this application should be submitted on or before Sunday 21st December 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the Planning Department, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 3NJ.

If you would like more information about the Melling Neighbourhood Development Plan please use the links below or would like to help with its preparation, please email Melling Parish Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel 07541 382220, or contact Sefton Council on 0151 934 3556. 

How will the Neighbourhood Development Plan differ from and how does it compliment the emerging Sefton Local Plan? 

Neighbourhood Development Plans should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development in the area they cover.

They must address the development and use of land. This is because if successful at examination and referendum the Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the statutory development plan once it has been made (brought into legal force) by the planning authority. Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Neighbourhood planning can inspire local people and businesses to consider other ways to improve their neighbourhood than through the development and use of land. They may identify specific action or policies to deliver these improvements. Wider community aspirations than those relating to development and use of land can be included in a Neighbourhood Development Plan, but actions dealing with non land use matters should be clearly identifiable. 

For example, set out in a companion document or annex.Policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan cannot be used to block development in the Local Plan, although they can promote more development. Where policies in the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Local Plan cover the same topic, the last plan that became part of the Development Plan takes precedence.

Benefits to having a Neighbourhood Plan

  • Be used to determine planning applications and guide planning decisions
  • Wider Community buy in and consensus (referendum)
  • It’s statutory status gives more weight than other local planning such as parish plans
  • Can deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport)

Melling Parish Council does not agree with any future development on the green belt but it must work with Sefton Council on viable options for this for you and the Village. A neighbourhood plan would provide Melling Parish Council and the Village greater influence around planning and we can only do this with residents and friends of Melling.

We will be running a series of workshops as part of a community consultation to find your views on this.  Dates will be advertised on our website, facebook page and around the local area.

If you would like to take part in this or would like to know more about Melling Parish Council’s involvement in this please contact The Clerk to the Council.



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