The Referendum will be held on Thursday 10th October 2019.

Further information is available to view - go to the downloads page of the website and look under legal notices.


 Neighbourhood Plan update

The Examiner has now produced his final report on the Formby and Little Altcar Draft Neighbourhood Plan and has reported:

"From my examination of the Formby & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan (the Plan) and its supporting documentation, including the representations made, I have concluded that, subject to the policy modifications set out in this report, the Plan meets the Basic Conditions.

I have also concluded that:

-      the Plan has been prepared and submitted for examination by a qualifying body – Formby and Little Altcar Parish Councils;

-      the Plan has been prepared for an area properly designated – the Formby Neighbourhood Plan Area;

-      the Plan specifies the period to which it is to take effect – 2012 to 2030; and

-      the policies relate to the development and use of land for a designated neighbourhood area.

I recommend that the Plan, once modified, proceeds to Referendum on the basis that it has met all the relevant legal requirements."

A copy of the Examiners Final Report is available to view here

The final Neighbourhood Plan which will go to referendum is available to viewhere



The external examiner's procedural letter and annexes can be viewed here (letter, annexe 1 and annexe 2)

Formby and Little Altcar Parish Council have now answered all the questions from the external examiner which can be viewed here annexe 1 (non Flooding questions plus attachments, Q9 attachment, Q12 attachment, Q22 attachment, DCLG Letter 1, DCLG Letter 2, amendment to Q21 and Q45) and annexe 2 (Flooding questions plus attachments, Flooding maps, Flooding email).


The Regulation 16 Consultation on the Formby and Little Altcar draft Neighbourhood Plan has now closed. A copy of the responses received can be viewed on Sefton Council’s website by following the link  

Amended Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 Consultation the Parish Councils have reviewed all of the consultation responses from Sefton Council, Developers, Residents, Environment Agency and other organisations and updated the plan accordingly. Many meetings have been held with developers, the Environment Agency and the Parish Councils were active participants in the Public Enquiry for the Sefton Local Plan all of which has informed the planning process over the past couple of years. The final submission version has been submitted to Sefton Council (11 February 2019) for the Regulation 16 consultation. The Submission Draft February 2019 is available to view here.  amendment to page 63 of the Neighbourhood Plan - Justification/Supporting Text: 2nd sentence should read "as in the Sefton Local Plan under EQ8."

The Basic Conditions Statement and the Consultation Statement are available to view (Consultation Statement and Appendix 1 - 3, Appendix 4 -6, Appendix 7 -8).

 Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 Consultation

To view the Neighbourhood Plan please click here

The Neighbourhood Plan consultation commences on Monday 31 October 2016 and will run for 6 weeks to Monday 12 December.

The Plan will be available to view on the website and copies will be available for short term borrowing at Formby Library.

A number of consultation events have been organised and will be held at the following venues:

Venue                                                         Date                                                Time

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby                     Wednesday 2nd November 2016        6.00pm to 9.00pm

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby                     Thursday 10th  November 2016         10.00am to 4.00pm

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby                     Wednesday 16th November 2016       6.00pm to 9.00pm

Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby             Monday 21st November 2016            6.00pm to 9.00pm

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby                     Thursday 24th November 2016          10.00am to 4.00pm

Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby            Wednesday 30th November 2016       2.00pm to 8.00pm

Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby                     Monday 5 December 2016                 10.00am to 4.00pm

To make a comment on the Plan please use the comment form Here


A brief overview of Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act in 2011 introduced the right for parishes to decide the future of their community by developing a Neighbourhood Plan. This will enable those who know and care about Formby to plan for its future development. It is not about stopping growth, but rather making sure the right things are built in the right places. Such a plan can help with the delivery of homes, jobs and services whilst at the same time protect and improve the best of the parish and its environment.

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has undertaken a public consultation on their preferred option for the Local Plan for Sefton. The final Plan is due to be published in August 2014 and then submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. The Local Plan sets out priorities for meeting needs, economic growth, regeneration, infrastructure, protecting the environment etc.

In general Neighbourhood Plans are produced by the local community, not the Planning Authority. They can form a vision for how communities see their areas developing. Through the Neighbourhood Plan residents can say where they want new homes, shops, employment and open spaces to be; and what buildings should look like. Hence they will be used in determining planning applications. Whilst the Neighbourhood Plan must dovetail with the Local Plan, it can promote more development than the Local Plan (but not less). It can be used to set out priorities for improvement of local infrastructure and services. Therefore a Neighbourhood Plan must be realistic and comply with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council have joined forces to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the whole of the Formby area. Formby Parish Council produced a Community Plan in 2010, following consultation with neighbouring Parishes and the Borough Council. The Neighbourhood Plan will build on this work, but this time the Plan will carry statutory weight and will be subject to approval by the electorate. 


Formby and Little Altcar Parish Council's application was approved by Sefton MBC in September 2013, following a public consultation. The award of “Designated Area Status” which means we now have the legal authority to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the whole of Formby:

Formby Application for Neighbourhood Plan area status

Map showing the proposed Formby Neighbourhood Plan area

Sefton MBC Cabinet report 12th September 2013

Minutes of Sefton MBC cabinet meeting 12th September 2013

Formby Neighbourhood Plan area decision notice

The Parish Councils subsequently agreed to appoint a firm of planning consultants, who have expertise in this area, and have successfully applied for grant funding, to offset the cost of producing this important legal document. The Plan will focus on the following themes: Economy, Health and Wellbeing, Environment, Transport and Safety

Neighbourhood Plan Organisation

In terms of overall project structure a Steering Group has been set up which comprises Councillors from both Parish Councils, a Planning Officer from Sefton MBC, the Clerk form Formby Parish Council and also volunteers from the community. The role of this group is to consider what should be included in the plan and to oversee the public consultation.

“Task and finish” groups are now being established to look at specific issues that may form plan policies.

We want to encourage members of the community to get involved and any interested resident or member of the business community should contact the Clerk at Formby Library or by email via our Contact form.

localityFormby Parish Council wishes to acknowledge the grants of £3000 and £8080 provided by Locality under the auspices of the Supporting Communities & Neighbourhoods in Planning Programme.