The Warrington Updated Proposed Submission Version Local Plan (UPSVLP) 2021–2038 was submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 22 April 2022 for independent examination. The formal notice of submission is provided below.

All information relating to the examination will be provided on this page.

Latest news and updates

Week 4 virtual hearings take place Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 October.

 

Latest news and updates

22 November 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • CD64 Local Housing Needs Assessment Update 2021 Sub-Area Profiles

18 November 2022 - The evidence base library has been updated with the following document:

  • E10 -  HRA Addendum Manchester Mosses SAC - November 2022

The following statement of common ground has been added to the examination documents page:

  • SG11 SoCG between WBC, GMCA, PfE and Natural England

9 November 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD58 Note on land & premises purchased by WBC for regeneration purposes
  • CD59 Note on Policy INF1 Implementation
  • CD60 Glazebury Site Assessments
  • CD61 Note clarifying approach to Green Belt between northern boundary of MD5 and Stockport Road
  • CD62 Note on HRA Sensitivity Testing
  • CD63 Note setting out available evidence to support need for NDSS
  • OD07a Amended Natural England advice on review of Air Quality Assessment for Warrington Local Plan HRA

OD07a is an amended version of document OD07. 


27 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD37a EIA Screening Decision
  • CD50 Note on MD1 Green belt boundary
  • CD51 Note on OS5 Green belt & site boundary
  • CD52 Note on Matter 8 Small sites allowance
  • CD53 Revised 5yr Housing land supply calculations and revised version of CD13a
  • CD54 Note on Funding for town centre Infrastructure
  • CD55 Note on SHLAA sites subject to concern over delivery
  • CD56 Council's response to OD08 and OD08a
  • CD57 Timescale for updated design and construction SPD

26 October 2022 - Additional Statements from participants of Matters 3a, 3b, 3c, 4, 5, 6b, 6c, 8 and 13 have been added to the examination documents page. Those who have made submissions should carefully check that they have been recorded correctly and contact the Programme Officer immediately with any queries


11 October 2022

Latest News 1:

During the hearing sessions for the local plan examination the Inspectors have asked Warrington Borough Council to provide various pieces of updated information.

As such, the Inspectors have instructed the Programme Officer to write to participants of Matters 3a, 3b, 3c, 4, 5, 6b, 6c and 8 advising them that the Inspectors are allowing brief statements on specific documents that have been recently produced by Warrington Borough Council in relation to the Inspectors’ requests for information.

If you attended one of the above sessions and have not received an email from the programme officer, please notify the programme officer.

Please do not submit any other information for the Inspectors as this will not be accepted.

Latest News 2:

During the closing session of the hearings, the Inspectors notified Warrington Borough Council that it had satisfied the duty to co-operate in relation to the preparation of the Local Plan. The Inspectors are now awaiting further information on a number of matters before determining the next steps for the examination. More information will be forthcoming when it is available.


10 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD37 Matter 7e Land to the north of Winwick - EIA Screening Request
  • CD38 Timescales for delivery of the SEWUE”

6 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD35 Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR) 2022
  • OD08 List of SHLAA sites in the defined town centre
  • OD08a 2021 SHLAA sites in the town centre

6 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:


5 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD32 Matter 6f - Note on Multi-modal growth
  • CD33 Matter 7e & 9  Note on Self Build Register
  • CD34 Biodiversity net gain. Good practice principles for development A practical guide (CIEEM)

4 October 2022 – The agendas for Matter 14 and HRA have now been published. These can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in their respective folders, the HRA agenda can be found in the Matter 1 folder.


4 October 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD29 Matter 6a Note on Western Link funding
  • CD29a Matter 6a Letter from Faisal Rashid MP
  • CD29b Matter 6a Response to Faisal Rashid MP
  • CD30 Matter 6a Western Link Delivery Programme
  • CD31 Matter 6c Fiddlers Ferry - Note for Inspectors Ecological Survey and Masterplan Delivery Programme

4 October 2022 – Please be advised that the agenda for Matter 11 has now been published. This can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in the Matter 11 folder


30 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • OD07 Natural England advice on review of Air Quality Assessment for Warrington Local Plan HRA 08.20

30 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD27 Note on revised HRA (Dec 2021) containing tracked changes
  • CD28 Matter 6f Joint Statement on East-West Connectivity

30 September 2022 - If you are participating in Matters 9 to 14 and HRA, please be advised the programme officer will be sending electronic links to participants of these sessions. If you are listed on the hearing programme and have not received a link the day before the session is due to take place please contact the programme officer immediately.

If you wish to observe these session, links to the livestreams of these sessions can be found below:

Tuesday 4 October - 9.30am - Matter 10 Livestream

Tuesday 4 October - 2pm - Matter 12 Livestream

Wednesday 5 October- 9.30am - Matter 9 Livestream

Wednesday 5 October- 2pm - Matter 13 Livestream

Thursday 6 October- 9.30am - Matter 11 Livestream

Thursday 6 October- 2pm - Matter HRA and Matter 14 Livestream


27 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID03f Hearing Programme (as of 27th September 2022)

Please could all participants check this document to see if you have been recorded properly and inform the programme officer immediately if any changes are required


27 September - All interested parties should note that the resumption of Matter 3a on Friday 30 September will take place immediately following Andy Carter MP who is programmed to speak at 9.30am.  It is requested that participants and observers should be seated for a 09.30am start.


27 September 2022 – The agendas for Matters 9, 10, 12 and 13 have now been published. These can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in their respective folders


26 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD10a Additional Note responding to Inspectors' Queries
  • CD13a Note on Updated Housing Trajectory including 2022 monitoring data
  • CD19 Note - Matter 1 Consultation Information
  • CD20 Note - Matter 4 The relationship between the draft Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans
  • CD21 Matter 5 Land at Barley Castle Lane Appeal Decision 02.11.20
  • CD22 Matter 6e Copy of deed regarding restrictive covenants Thelwall Heys site
  • CD23 Matter 6e Copy of Transport Note by Eddisons on behalf of Liberty Properties
  • CD24 Matter 6e Copy of Heritage Impact Assessment Thelwall Heys site provided by Liberty Properties
  • CD25 Matter 6d Inspectors Report Peel Hall Appeal Decision 01.10.18
  • CD26 Matter 6f Note status of existing employment land adjoining SEWEA

General comments are not being sought by the inspectors for these documents


21 September 2022 - The agenda for Matter 8 has now been published. This can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in the Matter 8 folder


21 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD13 Note - Matters 3a Housing Trajectory breakdown
  • CD14 Note - Matter 3b Omega Extension Appeal decision
  • CD15 Note - Matter 4 Monitoring Job Growth & Housing Delivery
  • CD16 Note - Matter 4 Affordable Housing
  • CD17 Matter 6f Scoping Opinion - Site 2022-41634 Land at Barleycastle Lane
  • CD18 Matter 6f Officer Report relating to Six56 site

General comments are not being sought by the inspectors for these documents.


20 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID03e Hearing Programme (as of 20th September 2022) (supersedes Week 3 and 4 of ID03 to ID03d)

20 September 2022 - The agendas for Matters 7a to 7e have now been published. These can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in their respective matters


20 September 2022 - Please be advised that Matters 7a to 7e and Matter 8 will no longer be taking place at the Council Chambers but will now be taking place at:

40/Twenty Lounge
East Stand
Halliwell Jones Stadium
Mike Gregory Way
Warrington
WA2 7NE

These sessions will not be livestreamed now but there is sufficient seating to accommodate observers.


15 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD11 Green Belt Note
  • CD12 Additional EDNA Site Assessment Note - Land North of Cliff Lane R18-P2-125c

General comments are not being sought by the Inspectors for these documents.“


14 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD09 - Note on IDP Schedule Warrington Western Link Scheme Matter 3c 090922
  • CD09a - Western Link Information
  • CD09b - IDP Update (2021) V2 12.09.22
  • CD10 - Note on Employment Capacity of Development Land Matter 4 130922

The inspectors are not accepting comments on these documents from representors at this stage.


12 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • CD08 Matter 2 - References to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station

12 September 2022 - All interested parties should note that the resumption of Matter 3a will take place at 10am on Friday 30 September 2022 in:

40/Twenty Lounge
Halliwell Jones Stadium
Mike Gregory Way
Warrington
WA2 7NE

The programme officer has contacted all participants of this session for them to confirm their attendance. If you have not been contacted and feel that you should have, please advise the programme officer as soon as possible.


7 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD05 Natural England letter 6-9-22
  • CD06  HRA Addendum Manchester Mosses SAC August 22
  • CD07 Technical Note HRA Issue

5 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

ID03d Hearing Programme (as of 5th September 2022) (Supersedes ID03, ID03a, ID03b and ID03c)


2 September 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID03c Hearing Programme (as of 2nd September 2022) (Supersedes ID03, ID03a and ID03b)

2 September 2022 - The agendas for Matters 1 to 5 have now been published. These can be found in the examination documents page under Matter Statements and Agendas in their respective matters


30 August 2022  –  The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • OD03 - Halton delivery and allocation local plan
  • OD04 – Halton delivery and allocation local plan policies maps
  • OD05 – St Helens borough local plan up to 2037
  • OD06 – St Helens borough local plan up to 2037 policies maps

24 August 2022 - The evidence base library has been updated with the following document:

GB6 – Implications of Green Belt Release Addendum – August 2022


22 August 2022 – All representors and interested parties should be aware that there have been some changes made to the programme timetable.

Matter 1, on Tuesday 6 September 2022, will no longer include Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) matters. These will now be discussed at 2:00 pm on Thursday 6 October 2022 at a new HRA session.

Matter 3, due to be held on Tuesday 6 September and Wednesday 7 September, has now been amended into 3 sessions:

Matter 3a Housing and Green Belt - Qs 1-18, 27–29

Tues 6 Sept pm – 1.00pm start

Which will cover:

  • Housing (overall spatial strategy for housing, outlying settlements and adjacent to main urban area) – Qs 1-18 of MIQs
  • Green Belt – Qs 27-29 of MIQ

Matter 3b Employment Land and Green Belt - Qs 19-26, 27-29

Weds 7 Sept am – 9.30am start

Which will cover:

  • Employment land – Qs 19-26 of MIQs
  • Green Belt – repeat Qs 27-29 of MIQs for those not there on Tues  

Matter 3c Infrastructure and Viability - Qs 30-34, 35 -39

Weds 7 Sept pm – 2pm start

Which will cover:

  • Overall approach to infrastructure – Qs 30-34 of MIQs
  • Viability – Qs 35-39 of MIQs

Matter 3a will now start at 1pm. These sessions may run past 5pm

The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID03b Hearing Programme (as of 22 August 2022) (supersedes ID03 & ID03a)

Please could all participants check this document to see if you have been recorded properly and inform the programme officer immediately if any changes are required.

If you are participating in the hearing sessions and you have not informed the programme officer of who will be speaking at the hearings, please do so immediately. Only those listed on the hearing programme will be permitted to speak at the hearings.


19 August 2022 - The evidence base library has been updated with the following documents:

T8 - Local Transport Plan - Executive Summary 2019

T8a - Local Transport Plan Vision & Policies (Parts A&B) - 2019

T8b - Local Transport Plan Appendices (Part C) - 2019  

T8c - Local Transport Plan -  Sustainability Appraisal - 2019

T8d - Local Transport Plan - Strategic Environmental Assessment - 2019

T8e - Local Transport Plan - Evidence Base Review - 2019

T8f - Equalities Impact Assessment - 2019  

T8g - Local Transport Plan Annual Progress Report - 2021


16 August 2022 – Statements of common ground have been added to the examination documents page.


12 August 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID05 - Programme Officer letter 2 to Respondents

12 August 2022 - Hearing statements for matters 7a to14 have been added to the examination documents page. Those who have made submissions should carefully check that they have been recorded correctly and contact the Programme Officer immediately with any queries.


11 August 2022 - The evidence base library has been updated with the following document:

  • RL3 – Warrington town centre masterplan 2020

2 August 2022 - The evidence base library has been updated with the following document:

  • E9 -  HRA Addendum Manchester Mosses SAC - April 2022

29 July 2022 - Hearing statements for matters 1 to 6f have been added to the examination documents page. Those who have made submissions should carefully check that they have been recorded correctly and contact the programme officer immediately with any queries.


27 July 2022 -  The evidence base library has been updated with the following documents:

  • E8 – Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR) 2020
  • M8 – Marine Aggregates Capability and Portfolio 2020

22 July 2022 – The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • CD04 Regulation 24 Notice of Hearing  Sessions – July 2022

21 July 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID03a Hearing Programme as of 21st July 2022 (supersedes ID03)

14 July 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • OD01 Peel Hall Appeal Decision 09.11.21
  • OD02 Deed of Agreement - Peel Hall Warrington

27 June 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • CD02 Local Plan Site Allocation Site Profiles
  • CD03 Local Plan Omission Site Profiles

24 June 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • ID04 - Programme Officer letter 1 to Respondents

This letter has been sent to those that submitted representations to WBC’s Updated Proposed Submission Version Local Plan 2021 consultation which took place between Monday 4 October and Monday 15 November 2021. Only those that made a submission during this time are entitled to participate in the hearing sessions and have been asked in the letter to let the programme officer know no later than 5pm on Friday 8 July 2022 detailing which session(s) they wish to participate in.

The key dates are:

  • 5pm on Friday 8 July 2022 Strict deadline to advise me if you wish to participate in the hearings and detail which hearing session(s) you would like to take part in.
  • 5pm on Friday 22 July 2022 Strict deadline for the submission of statements to the programme officer for matters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6a-6f (weeks 1 and 2 of the hearings)
  • 5pm on Friday 5 August 2022 Strict deadline for the submission of statements to the programme officer for the remaining matters (weeks 3 and 4 of the hearings)
  • 9.30am on Tuesday 6 September Date of first hearing.  For subsequent hearing dates, please refer to ID03 Hearings Programme

23 June 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following documents:

  • ID01 Inspectors’ Guidance Notes
  • ID02 Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs)
  • ID03 Hearings Programme as of 23 June 2022

15 May 2022 - The examination library has been updated with the following document:

  • CD01 Annual Monitoring Report 2021 – Supersedes SP4 – May 2022

6 May 2022 – Inspectors Kevin Ward BA(Hons) MRTPI and Andrea Mageean BA(Hons) BPl PhD MRTPI have been appointed to hold an independent examination of the Warrington local plan 2021-2038, as confirmed in the appointment letter below. The inspectors will now liaise with the programme officer and the council to review all of the information submitted for examination and raise any questions they may have before identifying matters and issues for discussion at the hearings as part of the examination in public.


22 April 2022 - The local plan has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for independent examination. Further updates will be provided here once available.

What is the local plan examination

The planning inspectorate has provided a short guide for those who might be participating in a local plan examination for the first time, they have also published a more detailed procedure guide for local plan examinations.

Inspector and programme officer

The roles of the planning inspector and the programme officer, who acts as liaison between the council, Inspector, and representors. Contact details for the programme officer are also provided.

The inspector

The Secretary of State has appointed two Inspectors, Kevin Ward BA(Hons) MRTPI and Andrea Mageean BA(Hons) BPl PhD MRTPI, to hold an independent examination of the Warrington local plan 2021-2038.

The inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). 

The relevant soundness criteria are whether the local plan is:

  • Positively prepared: based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified: the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective: the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy: the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework. 

The inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Updated Proposed Submission Version Local Plan (UPSVLP) as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector. These are termed hearing sessions.

Following the closure of the examination, the inspector will prepare a report to the council with precise recommendations. These recommendations may include modifications to the plan.

The programme officer

The programme officer, Kerry Trueman, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the examination and as a liaison between the inspector, council and representors.

She is an independent officer of the examination and works on behalf of the inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the examination process. All statements will also be submitted through her.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the inspector should be submitted via the programme officer.

Contact details:

Kerry Trueman
Programme Officer Solutions Limited
1 Bertram Drive
Wirral
CH47 0LG

Telephone: 07582 310364

Email: kerry.trueman@warrington.gov.uk

 

Submission documents

An indexed list of submission documents.

Submission documents

Representations

Representations received by the council following the regulation 19 consultation which took place between 4 October and 15 November 2021.

Evidence library

An indexed list of supporting evidence documents.

Transport
Site specific masterplan development framework documents

Hearings schedule and key dates

Week 1 – The Halliwell Jones Stadium

Tuesday 6 September – 9.30am and 1pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 1, Matter 2 and Matter 3a

Wednesday 7 September – 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 3b and Matter 3c

Thursday 8 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 4

Friday 9 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 5 and reserve session

Week 2 - The Halliwell Jones Stadium

Monday 12 September – 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 6b

Tuesday 13 September – 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 6d and Matter 6e

Wednesday 14 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 6f

Thursday 15 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 6c

Friday 16 September – 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 6a

Week 3 - The Halliwell Jones Stadium

Monday 26 September – 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 7a and Matter 7b

Tuesday 27 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 7e and Matter 7c

Wednesday 28 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 7d

Thursday 29 September - 9.30am and 2pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Matter 8

Friday 30 September – 10am at The Halliwell Jones Stadium - Resumption of Matter 3a

Week 4 – Virtual sessions

Tuesday 4 October - 9.30am and 2pm - Matter 10 and Matter 12

Wednesday 5 October- 9.30am and 2pm - Matter 9 and Matter 13

Thursday 6 October- 9.30am and 2pm - Matter 11, Matter HRA and Matter 14

Examination documents

Documents have been made available post-submission of the plan and this page will continue to be updated as the examination progresses.