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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.

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Meeting Future Housing Needs Consultation Report

Lancaster City Council spoke to over 1,000 people and 554 consultation responses were received as a result of the June/July 2014 ‘how can we meet our future housing needs?’ consultation.

The consultation report and appendices are now available to view on the planning policy consultation web page.

 Inspectors Report

The council received the Inspectors Report into the Development Management DPD (Development Plan Document) and Morecambe Area Action Plan DPD on Monday 22nd September.  The Inspector found both documents ‘sound’ subject to a series of modifications, this means that the Inspector is satisfied that the documents have been prepared in line with national planning policy and national legislation.

The Inspectors Report and a version of the DPD which identifies the binding recommendations of the Inspector and further information can be found on the Development Management web page.

National Grid consultation

National Grid is holding a 12 week consultation from 4 September to 28 November 2014 on plans to connect new sources of electricity to properties in Lancashire and Cumbria.

In Lancaster, the consultation focuses on a proposal to construct a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to bring electricity transmission lines to connect into the grid at a new sub-station, currently under construction at Heysham.

Please visit www.northwestcoastconnections.com to find out how to have your say and get involved including consultation event dates and venues and registration to take part in online consultation and receive updates and news about the project.

Lancaster District Caravan Sites  

Lancaster is a popular district for caravans, according to a recent update of information held by the City Council. This shows that there is a total of 7,415 caravan pitches on 125 sites, an increase of 302 (4.2%) since the previous update of the information in 2011. Most of the caravan pitches (5,563) are for static holiday caravans, with 1,258 touring pitches and 594 residential pitches.

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.

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01524 582383

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