Please carefully read this guidance before making your representation.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to give us feedback about our revised Plan. We also want to help make sure that your feedback meets the relevant criteria so that your views are in the best position to be fully considered by the independent Planning Inspector.
The technical and specific nature of the consultation means that the most effective way you can respond is by completing our dedicated survey. We will need to ask some specific questions, but don’t worry, there is also the opportunity to raise any broad or general questions or concerns about the Plan as part of our survey, too.
Guidance on making your representation
We have published Warrington’s ‘Updated Proposed Submission Version’, or draft, Local Plan for consultation. We are now seeking your views on the Plan.
The consultation is open for six weeks, from Monday 4 October, until 5pm on Monday 15 November 2021.
How the Local Plan has been prepared
The preparation of our draft Local Plan has been informed by:
- national policy and legislation
- listening and responding to feedback from the previous consultation stages
- evidence gathering about our Borough now and in the future
- ongoing discussions with neighbouring authorities
- engagement with key organisations such as Homes England, Highways England, the Environment Agency and infrastructure providers
What are we consulting on now?
This is the final consultation before we submit the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate, who will examine it on behalf of the Government.
This consultation presents the opportunity to comment on the proposed policy content of the draft Local Plan, with specifically-focused questions.
The questions relate to whether the Plan complies with legal requirements, the ‘duty to cooperate’ and meets the ‘tests of soundness’. These are the key issues that the independent Inspector will consider when assessing the Local Plan and they are explained in detail below.
We have framed the consultation in this way, to meet the requirements of the Planning Inspectorate and to ensure that your representation on the Local Plan is as effective as possible.
Legal Compliance and Duty to Co-operate
The Inspector will first check that the Plan meets the legal requirements under section 20(5) (a) and the duty to co-operate under section 20(5) (c) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 before moving on to test for soundness.