Strategic Policies & Land Allocations DPD

Land Allocations & Policies Map

Land Allocations & Policies Map

The Strategic Policies and Land Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) will direct where homes, employment land, services and future investment will go in the district over the next 15 years.  It will identify land to meet specific development needs of the district as well as areas which are worthy of protection from development due to their environmental, economic and social value. The preparation of this document will draw lines on the map, providing certainty to both local residents, businesses and developers on where future development, including housing, employment land, services and future investment should be directed. 

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In January 2017, the Government announced that Bailrigg was to become one of the 14 Garden Villages to be prepared across the country. Find out more about Bailrigg Garden Village.

What are we doing and next steps

At Full Council on Wednesday 20th December 2017 the Strategic Policies & Land Allocations DPD and the Review of the Development Management DPD were approved for Publication and Submission to the Government via the Secretary of State.  Following this decision the Council formally published the two DPDs for an 8 week period from 9 February 2018, inviting representations on its soundness and legal compliance, before submitting the documents in late May 2018. 

Once adopted by the council, the Strategic Policies and Land Allocations DPD and accompanying Policies Map will replace any site specific guidance from the strikethrough edition of the Lancaster District Local Plan 1996 – 2016 (adopted in 2004 and reviewed in 2008).

Please note: At the Council meeting on 16 December 2015 it was resolved that Turley's (housing and economic consultants) should be asked to recalculate the recommended housing figure using alternative employment projections. However, subsequently, at the Council meeting of 3 February 2016, it was resolved that ‘Council accepts the Turley work as establishing the objectively assessed need for the evidence base, withdraws the most recent instructions and moves to complete a draft Local Plan for examination.’

Stages already completed
Local Plan Publication Stage 9 February 2018 to 6 April 2018

Lancaster City Council  published the Strategic Policies and Land Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD), accompanying Policies Map and the Development Management DPD for eight weeks (9 February to 6 April 2018) before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in May 2018.  View the full set of documents here

Local Plan: draft Strategic Policies and Land Allocations DPD  and the revised draft Development Management DPD consultation 27 January 2017 to 24 March 2017 (preferred option)

Overall, 363 responses were received to the 'Developing a Local Plan for Lancaster District' consultation (preferred options stage) which ended on 24 March 2017. Key concerns raised relate to the scale of development proposed, infrastructure delivery, development viability and impacts on the natural and historic environment.  The outcomes of the consultation, sustainability assessment and other evidence will be used by officers to inform and complete the preparation of the Local Plan for the Lancaster District. 

More than 1,500 people attended 15 events held across the Lancaster District to view the Local Plan documents and supporting evidence and maps and ask questions

Draft  Part One: Strategic Policies and Land Allocation DPD Part Two: Review of the draft Development Management DPD Policies Map Area Maps

draft Strategic Policies and Land Allocation DPD (PDF, 2.4MB)

Sustainability Appraisal Report & Habitats Regulations Report


Review of the draft Development Management DPD (PDF, 2.2MB)

Sustainability Appraisal Report & Habitats Regulations Report

Overall district map (PDF, 38.2MB)       

Policies Map Inset map 1 - Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham (PDF, 50.7MB)

Policies Map Inset map 2-5 - Lancaster City Centre, Morecambe Town Centre, Carnforth and Galgate (PDF, 40.3MB)

Area map - South Lancaster / Bailrigg Garden Village (PDF, 10.5MB)

Area map - North Lancaster (PDF, 17.7MB)

Area map - East Lancaster (PDF, 16.5MB)

Area map - Heysham Gateway (PDF, 16.3MB)

Area map - Carnforth (PDF, 15.8MB)

Information (Draft Development Briefs): Other


People, Homes and Jobs consultation 19 October 2015 to 30 November 2015 (Options & Issues)

The consultation looked at the proposed overall approach to allocating future housing and employment land and potential strategic sites to plan for potentially 9,500 jobs and 13,000 new homes over the period of 2011-2031.

Meeting Future Housing Needs Consultation 2 June 2014 to 31 July 2014 (issues & options)

Lancaster City Council spoke to over 1,000 people and 554 consultation responses were received as a result of the June/July 2014

Land Allocation Draft Preferred Options Consultation October to December 2012

Last updated: 09 April 2018