Last chance to have your say on the district’s Local Plan

Lancaster City Council’s public consultation on a new draft Local Plan for the district is due to end on Friday March 24.

The draft Local Plan shows which areas of the district will be allocated for development on the basis that they are suitable, available and achievable sites for development including for employment and new housing.

The Government has directed local authorities to ensure they are contributing to the increasing national shortfall of housing and taking action to support growth in the economy.  The council has calculated that for the Lancaster district this means that its new Local Plan needs to identify enough land to allow for the development of around 13,500 new homes and potentially 9,500 jobs. 

As part of the consultation the council organised a series of events across the district where anyone interested in knowing more about the plan was able to speak to council officers about any effects the Local Plan could have on their area.  More than 1,500 people attended the 15 events to view the Local Plan documents and supporting evidence and maps and ask questions.

Although these have now ended, the draft documents which comprise the Lancaster District Local Plan remain available to view at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls and there is still plenty of time for people to submit their views.  You can also view the relevant documents at www.lancaster.gov.uk/planningpolicy   

Feedback on the draft documents can be offered by completing an online form at www.lancaster.gov.uk/localplan, in writing to Regeneration and Planning, PO Box 4, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ or by email to planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk  

Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for planning and regeneration, said: “For a number of years now, we’ve welcomed the opportunity to share the details of the draft local plan for the district with residents as well as elected representatives and key organisations. 

"The emerging plan has come under a great deal of constructive scrutiny so far and we hope that those who have not already shared their feedback will do so before the deadline.”

Once adopted, the Local Plan will set the council’s strategy for development in the district up to at least 2031.

Last updated: 14 March 2017