Policy Background Documents

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Evidence Base

Viabili​ty Assessment

Halton Topic Briefing Papers

National Policy and Guidance

Housing and Housing Needs

Economy, Employment and Employment Land

Retail and Town Centres

Green Belt

The Examination into the Core Strategy Local Plan in 2012 concluded that the Borough must commit to undertaking a review of the Green Belt around Widnes and Hale. The Council undertook and consulted on a full review in 2017

Other Evidence Base documents

Other Plans and Strategies

Other Masterplans



Infrastructure Plan

Community Infrastructure Plan (CIL) / Infrastructure Development Plan (IDP)

Halton's Planning Policy Framework is the collective name for the collection of planning policy documents produced by the Council.

Halton's planning policy documents consists of Local Plans and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) in addition to a number of process documents, including the Statement of Community Involvement and Authority Monitoring Reports (AMRs).

The Delivery and Allocations Local Plan (Adopted 2nd March 2022) is the central planning policy document for Halton and sets out the Borough's overarching strategy for future development to 2037.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - Update

The Council previously considered the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). A ‘scoping’ consultation was undertaken in 2016 and further to that additional work was undertaken prior to the completion of a Viability Study on the subject.

As a result of the Technical Consultation of the CIL process undertaken by the Government in Spring 2023, the Council has taken the decision to await the outcome of this consultation prior to further pursuing alternative methods for delivering infrastructure and in the interim will continue to deliver infrastructure collected through developer contributions through Section 106 Legal Agreements.

This Whole Plan Viability Study was completed in 2019.​

Infrastructure Plan

The Infrastructure Plan is intended to identify the main items of additional infrastructure needed to support the level of new development envisaged within the Borough. It is intended to identify when the infrastructure will be needed, who is responsible for its provision and how it will be funded. The latest review was undertaken in June 2019.  The Council are planning to update the Infrastructure Plan and supporting Infrastructure Delivery Schedule with the aim of publishing a revised 2024/5 edition once appropriate review and consultation has been completed.​


Consultation Standards (Statement of Community Involvement)

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how and when the Council will consult on town planning matters. The latest revision to the SCI was adopted on the 11th April 2019.

Local Plan Timetable (Local Development Scheme)

Government requires that Councils publish and monitor the timetable for the Local Planning Documents they intend to prepare in a document known as the Local Development Scheme or LDS. Halton's Executive Board approved a revision to Halton's LDS with effect from June .

Following adoption of the Councils Local Plan ‘The Halton Delivery and Allocations Local Plan’ (DALP) on 2nd March 2022, work has commenced on a number of SPDs and AMRs.

The Council will be a partner to the Liverpool City Region Single Statutory (Strategic Spatial) Framework.

​​Coming soon.


Flood Risk Management

The Council has a number of policy and strategies covering flood risk management

Environment Agency Documents: