Planning and building control

The Liverpool Local Plan 2013–2033

All local planning authorities must prepare a local plan to guide the long-term, strategic spatial development of their area.

The Liverpool Local Plan is made up of:

  • a document that includes policies that set out the key considerations for making decisions on development proposals in the city.
  • city-wide and city centre maps that show how the land is used in keeping with these policies - for example housing sites, open spaces and shopping areas. 

The scope of the plan

The Local Plan provides a long-term spatial vision, strategic priorities and policies for future development in the city over the next 15 to 20 years, specifically with regard to the quantity and location of new homes, employment provision, shops, facilities and other services, transport and other infrastructure provision, climate change mitigation and adaption and the conservation and enhancement of the natural and historic environment.

To achieve this it sets out the following:

  • development management policies that guide the delivery of development in the city and will be used to determine planning applications. These policies provide detailed advice to developers and others on the scale, design, accessibility, sustainability etc of proposals.
  • site allocations for residential, employment, retail and other land uses across the city, shown on the policies map.
  • designations where specific policies apply, such as for district and local centres or open spaces which are also shown on the policies map.

Adopted Local Plan and supporting documents

Local plan maps

We have produced an interactive map for the Liverpool Local Plan.

Due to the volume of data the map will take roughly 20 seconds to fully load.

Due to the volume of data the map will take roughly 20 seconds to fully load.

There are 2 ways to use the map. Search using the layers, or search using an address.

1. Search by layers - The map loads showing the LCC boundary and a property search pop up opens. Close the property search pop up box (unless you want to search by address - skip to step 4), then expand the Local Plan layer on the left-hand side.

Search by layers - expand Local Plan layer

2. Select what type of data/layer you want to display. For example, if you want to see housing development sites, tick 'Site for Housing Development' on the left to show those areas on the map. Click on a shaded area/location on the map for more detail about the site (you may need to zoom in on the map to see some of the smaller shaded areas).

Select data type or layer

3. When you click on the shaded area of the map, this will open up the site reference number and site description.

Site details

4. Search by address - To do this, click on the magnifying glass next to the 'Property Search' field at the top of the screen. This opens up the property search box. Enter a postcode or partial address and select 'OK'.

Enter postcode or partial address

5. This will bring up a list of locations within that area. Tick the box next to the location you want to view on the map. Then minimise the property search box by clicking on the arrow on the left side of the box, so you can view the map.

Choose address

6. Click on the map pin to show the property details.

View site details

7. Changing the map background - You can view the map in colour or greyscale. To change the background expand the 'Background Mapping' option on the left-hand side. Select your background preference.

Changing the map background

8. Moving around the map - You can zoom in and out of the map by using the plus/minus magnifying glass signs at the bottom of the map. You can also use the wheel on your mouse to do this, if you have one. To move the map around, you can click the left mouse button and drag the map to the required location.

Location of zoom in and out

We have made every effort to ensure this interactive map accurately reflects the Local Plan policies map and Local Plan (inset map). In the event of a discrepancy, it is the PDF versions that will take precedence in the decision-making process, which you can download below.

Other key documents

Other adopted documents

The Joint Merseyside and Halton Waste Local Plan is concerned with the scale, location and type of facilities required to manage all types of waste in Merseyside and Halton. The Waste Local Plan was adopted on 18th July 2013.