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Planning Policy

The Planning and Housing Policy Team prepare the Local Plan documents and produce housing policy. The team is based in Morecambe Town Hall.

Latest News

Consultation on meeting future housing needs has now ended

The consultation responses will now be analysed and considered by the relevant committee before being published on our website.  

The consultation focused on five potential options to identify an additional 5,000 sites, following the independent consultants recommendations of an additional 12,000 new homes over the next 20 years.

Consultation on proposed modifications has now ended

A summary of the representations and more information can be found on the Development Management DPD web page.

Newsletter including details of June/July consultation  

We have published our first Local Plan newsletter which provides details on the June consultation and where we are up to with developing the new Local Plan.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2014

The council has published an updated Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). It is a piece of evidence that assesses land for its suitability for housing and whether housing would be likely to be built in the next 15 years. The SHLAA does not allocate land for housing, that will be done through the Land Allocations DPD.

New Lancaster Retail Study has been published

In January 2014, the council published its revised Retail Study. This sets out the future requirements for comparison and convenience (food) shopping within the district. The findings of the assessment will be used to inform the Local Plan for Lancaster District.

Lancaster district's housing requirement update (Turley Associates Report)

In October 2013, the council published an updated Independent Housing Requirements Study (pdf, 2.5mb) Turleys Associates were commissioned to provides robust and credible evidence of the housing requirements in the district over the period 2011-2031. The report will be used to inform the new Local Plan for the district, particularly the Land Allocations DPD.

Walney Offshore Windfarm Extension

A public examination began on 12 November 2013 and is expected to continue until 12 May 2014. Following a report by the Examinining Authority, a decision on the scheme is expected by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change late in 2014.

This is a project to extend the existing offshore wind farm at Walney, off the Cumbrian coast. If approved, the scheme could add an additional 207 turbines, generating up to 750MW of electricity. The electricity generated will be connected to the national grid through a new onshore sub-station at Heysham. Due to size of the project it is classed as Nationally Strategic Infrastructure Project and the application will be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate.

Lancaster City Council has been working in partnership with DONG Energy and other affected local authorities, including Lancashire County Council, Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council to ensure that local people have been properly engaged and consulted with, so that local views can help shape the eventual outcome.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please follow this link to Cumbria County Council’s website, or if you would like find out how to make a comment on the planning application, please visit the Planning Inspectorate's website.

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01524 582383

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