Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD




Together with South Lakeland District Council, we are preparing a dedicated Development Plan Document (DPD) for the whole of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The DPD will form part of both authorities’ Local Plans. It will identify sites for new housing and employment to meet local needs and will set out planning policies to ensure that development reflects the AONB designation.

Publication of the Development Plan Document (DPD)

The representation period on the AONB DPD is now closed. We will be working to upload responses made by email and letter over the coming days and will endeavour to have all responses available to view online. All responses made online are already available to view. In the New Year, we will begin reviewing all the responses made and begin work towards the submission of the DPD.  More information can be found here

The document will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and an independent Inspector appointed to conduct a public examination into the soundness of the plan, taking account of the representations made on the proposed submission version. After the Inspector’s report is received, the Councils will jointly consider adopting the plan, subject to any recommended changes.  We expect that the Arnside & Silverdale AONB DPD will be completed (“adopted”) by August 2018. 

Stages already completed

Publication 2 November 2017 to 14 December 2017

We invited comments on the Publication Version DPD.  Responses to this consultation can be viewed here.

DPD Publication Version (PDF, 3.4MB)

Policies Map (PDF, 38.5MB) Insert Map Book (PDF, 22.6MB) Sustainability Report (PDF, 7.7MB) HRA Report (PDF, 3MB)
Consultation Statement (PDF, 1.6MB) Consultation Statement Appendix 4 (PDF, 1.8MB) Consultation Statement Appendix 5 Part 1 (PDF, 964KB) Consultation Statement Appendix 5 Part 2 (PDF, 1.1MB)  
Statement of Representation (PDF, 140KB) Document Library (PDF, 687KB) Representation Guidance (PDF, 1.5MB) Representation Form (PDF, 1.7MB)  
Pre-publication Consultation 19 June 2017 to 17 July 2017

We invited comments on the Draft Pre-publication DPD which outlined suggestions received through the previous consultation relating to three sites.  Responses to this consultation can be viewed here.

Pre-publication Consultation: Information Document (PDF, 1.1MB) Pre-publication Consultation: Site Overview Map (PDF, 11MB) Pre-publication Consultation: Response Form (PDF, 1.6MB)
Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document: Draft Plan Consultation 10 November 2016 to 5 January 2017

We invited comments on the Draft DPD, responses to this consultation can be viewed via the following link

AONB Draft Plan Document (PDF, 4MB) Appendix 2: Site Assessment Spreadsheet (PDF, 150KB) Settlement Mapbook (PDF, 6.6MB) Whole AONB Site Map (PDF, 99KB)  
Interim Consultation Statement (PDF, 1.5MB) ICS Appendix 4: Summary of responses to Issues & Options / Extra Sites Consultations (PDF, 1.8MB)

Draft Sustainability Appraisal Report (PDF, 8.1MB)

Draft SA Report - Non Technical Summary (PDF, 483KB) •AONB Special Qualities Report - updated November 2016 (PDF, 1.8MB)
Draft Habitats Regulations Report (PDF, 769KB)

Draft Habitats Regulations Report - Appendix B - Functionally Linked Land Study (PDF, 508KB)

AONB DPD: Viability (PDF, 2.3MB)

AONB Sites - Landscape Assessments (PDF, 10.9MB) AONB Sites - Biodiversity Assessments (PDF, 251KB)

Extra Sites Consultation 29 March 2016 to 3 May 2016

We invited comments on additional site suggestions submitted to us in response to the Issues and Options consultation in December 2015 (see below).

Issues and Options Consultation 6 November 2015 to 18 December 2015 
Map front cover and Arnside Parish (PDF, 14.3MB) Beetham Parish* (PDF, 7.4MB) Silverdale Parish (PDF, 14MB) Warton Parish (PDF, 6.6MB)                            Yealand Parish (PDF, 1.8MB) Appendix showing full list of sites (PDF, 153KB)

Issues and Options Discussion Paper (PDF, 958KB) (November 2015)

Interim Consultation Statement (PDF, 1.5MB) (November 2015) Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF, 4.1MB) (November 2015) Sustainability Appraisal of AONB Issues and Options Development Plan Document (PDF, 391KB) Site suggestion form (PDF, 411KB)

*Please note that there has been a correction to the boundary of site B114 - Land East of Carr Bank Road, Storth

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Scoping Report Consultation 3 June 2015 to 8 July 2015

SA Scoping Report (PDF, 3.2MB)was available for consultation on June/July 2015. The report was prepared by Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd on behalf of Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council and represents the first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) process for the Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD. A final version will accompany the draft DPD. 

Call for Sites and Assessment Methodology Consultation 12 December 2014 to 28 February 2015

As a key early step in the preparation of the Arnside & Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document (DPD), we invited people to put forward suggestions of sites to be considered for inclusion in the Plan.  Assessment of the sites is under way using a consistent methodology (PDF, 38KB) for all sites, and we expect to publish the assessment outcomes in 2016.

Housing needs survey

As part of the plan preparation process, Cumbria Rural Housing Trust (CRHT) was commissioned in May 2014 to carry out a Housing Needs Survey in each of the parishes within the AONB. The aim of the surveys was to provide evidence of housing need at parish level to supplement district-wide housing information already held by us and South Lakeland District  Council.

The evidence in the survey reports will be used to help the councils understand the particular housing needs in the AONB, and to contribute to an objective assessment of need for market and affordable housing in the AONB over the 15 year period of the Plan.

The survey reports are designed to provide evidence to inform the development of the DPD by:

  • establishing the need for affordable housing in each parish
  • calculating the number, type and tenure of affordable dwellings needed
  • capturing the desires of those in local need within the parish

The survey findings will also help to inform policy for future development in the AONB and will provide evidence of need for future planning applications.

Evidence from individual parishes has been compiled into a summary report for the whole AONB. The published survey reports can be found below.

NB Property price information contained in the housing needs reports is obtained from the Land Registry, which records the actual selling prices of housing in the AONB.

Last updated: 03 January 2018