Local Plan Examination

In accordance with regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (As Amended) Lancaster City Council submitted the Strategic Policies and Land Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD) and the Development Management DPD to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) on 15 May 2018 for examination.

The Inspector

Richard McCoy, BSc MSc Dip TP MRTPI IHBC has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether our Local Plan is sound.

The Programme Officer

Kim Russell has been appointed as the programme officer for this examination and she is an independent officer working under the direction of the inspector. For all matters concerning the examination please contact Kim in the first instance:

Examination Hearing dates and venues

Hearings took place on the following dates: Week 1: Tuesday 9 April 2019 to Thursday 11 April 2019 / Week 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019 Week 3: Tuesday 30 April 2019 to Wednesday 1 May 2019.  The Hearing sessions were held at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF (except on Wednesday 10 April 2019, which was at Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH).  The Inspector issued a revised Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB) [EX8.4] that includes an updated list of participants.  The Inspector's [EX5.1] formed the basis for the discussions at the hearing sessions. The Examination procedure is outlined in the [EX6].  The Inspector scheduled an additional sitting day commencing at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Morecambe Town Hall to cover the matters concerning Objectively Assessed Housing Need and 5 year housing land supply that arose during the discussions on days 1 to 4 of the Hearing Sessions. A letter inviting participation (EX9) (PDF, 218KB) in this session was sent to those parties who originally exercised their right to appear and be heard at the Hearings.  The Inspector issued a Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) that was held on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Latest Examination News

21 October 2019

The responses to the main modification consultation can be found here....

10 October 2019

The Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation is now closed and the Inspector has received copies of all representations which he is considering.  Redacted responses will be published in due course.

12 August 2019

Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation 

Lancaster City Council has published the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan, submitted to the Secretary of State in May 2018, which is currently under examination.  An eight week consultation will now take place (until 5pm Monday 7 October 2019) and you are invited to make representations on the soundness of the plan, as a result of the proposed THREE Main Modifications SchedulesMore details can be found here....  

Older news updates are available in the Examination News Archive below.


Last updated: 21 October 2019