Designations and constraints

When looking at your proposal there may be planning constraints that apply to your site. This page will help you in identifying those constraints and provide links or contact details where you can obtain more detailed advice.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lancaster district covers parts of the Arnside and Silverdale and Forest of Bowland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The primary objective within AONBs is to conserve the natural beauty of the landscape.  We manage this by resisting inappropriate development and insisting on high design standards for proposals which are approved. This also applies to proposals in areas immediately adjacent to an AONB, especially those that may have an impact on views into and out of the AONB or generate traffic through an AONB.  The two AONBs within the district are living communities for which rural employment, affordable housing and village shops are of considerable importance. The economic and social wellbeing of communities within the two AONBs is a major factor when considering any development proposals within them.

Last updated: 19 April 2017