The Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers parts of South Lakeland and Lancaster districts. It is a nationally protected landscape afforded statutory protection and its primary purpose is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.
Together with South Lakeland District Council, we have prepared a dedicated development plan document for the whole of the AONB. The DPD identifies sites for new housing and employment to contribute towards meeting local needs and sets out planning policies to ensure that development reflects the AONB designation.
Adoption of the AONB DPD
Lancaster City Council resolved to adopt the AONB DPD at a meeting on 13 March 2019 and the DPD also forms part of the Lancaster City Council Development Plan. South Lakeland District Council resolved to adopt the AONB DPD at a meeting on 28 March 2019. It therefore came into effect from that date and forms part of the South Lakeland District Council Development Plan.
As stated in paragraphs 1.3.1 to 1.3.3 of the Arnside & Silverdale AONB DPD, it is only one of a number of plans and strategies affecting the AONB. It complements other plans and strategies including other local plan documents. The AONB DPD must be read alongside these other documents and associated policy mapping in order to understand the full range of requirements that will apply to development in the AONB. More details on other plans and strategies affecting the AONB can be viewed here
Previous documentation associated with the AONB is available in the Previous Stages section below. This includes information about the progress and stages involved in the preparation of the DPD.