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Emerging Local Plan
We're currently in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for Warrington, making all of the relevant documentation from each stage of the planning process available below.
Following consultation on the Draft Local Plan (Proposed Submission Version) in 2019, we received around 3,500 representations from the public, businesses, developers and statutory bodies. These responses have been carefully reviewed, and we're now in the process of carrying out additional work to respond to these.
The main focus of this work is to ensure we're able to deliver the necessary social, health, transport and green infrastructure to support Warrington's projected growth.
Due to the importance of this work, submission of the Local Plan for its examination will be delayed until later in 2020.
We consulted on the Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan between 15 April and 17 June 2019.
The aims of the Local Plan
The Local Plan aims to deliver 18,900 new homes (or 945 a year, up to 2037) and will also support Warrington’s ongoing economic growth by providing 362 hectares of employment land.
The Plan demonstrates that we will prioritise using urban capacity to create varied, vibrant neighbourhoods that are shared places to live, work and enjoy. Government guidelines tell us we need to build at least 18,900 homes over the course of the plan, which exceeds what urban land we have available. Therefore, we need to look hard at other areas of land we could develop on, including Green Belt, in order to meet our development obligations. If we don’t, the Plan wouldn't get through independent examination, in some cases, the Government could intervene and we'd lose control of the process.
Our projected housing figures aim to match Warrington's expected growth and ensure enough homes are provided to support the number of jobs that will be created from Warrington’s future economic growth. The areas of Green Belt proposed for development would need to be released to meet Government figures and while our priority is to protect as much Green Belt as possible, we also need to ensure we build enough affordable properties for young buyers, accessible homes for people with disabilities and homes for elderly people as our ageing population continues to grow.
The headline figures
The headline figures
- 18,900 new homes by 2037
- Almost 90% of Warrington’s Green Belt will remain preserved
- 362 hectares of employment land
- 20% affordable housing stock to be developed in inner Warrington
- 30% affordable housing stock developed elsewhere in the Borough
- 1 in 5 homes will be built for elderly residents