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

The Council has issued a Notice of Examination Hearings (PDF, 216KB) [LCC5]. The Hearings are scheduled to take place as follows:

Week 1: Tuesday 9 April 2019 to Thursday 11 April 2019

Week 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019

Week 3 (reserve dates, if required): Tuesday 30 April 2019, Wednesday 1 May 2019 and Friday 3 May 2019

The Hearing sessions will be held at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF (except on Wednesday 10 April 2019, which will be at Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH), and will commence at 10.00am

Draft Hearings Timetable (Version 1) (PDF, 138KB) [EX8] – please note that this is only a first draft and is very likely to be updated depending on the numbers wishing to appear at the Hearing sessions.

Latest Examination News

19 March 2019

Publication of updated reports

The Council has published a revised version of the Lancaster District Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Strategy: Assessment Report (PDF, 5.3MB) (LCC4.11) and Lancaster District Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Strategy: Strategy and Action Plan (PDF, 2.7MB) (LCC4.12). Revisions relate to the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club and include an additional paragraph on page 116 and an update to the table on page 99 of the respective documents.

8 March 2019

Update to Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions

The Inspector wishes to add the following clause (shown in bold text) to Question d of Matter 1:  Are the DPDs in general conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework? Do they reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development (in particular policies SP1 and SP2) and facilitate the sustainable use of minerals as set out in paragraph 143 of the Framework?

2 March 2019

The Inspector has issued the following documents:

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


Last updated: 19 March 2019