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Consultation in Lancaster Charter Market

Consultation in Lancaster Charter Market

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Please be aware that all responses to planning policy public consultation will be published on the website.

Current consultation

Meeting Housing Needs SPD Scoping Consultation

Lancaster City Council is consulting on the scope of a revised version of its Meeting Housing Needs Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The current SPD was adopted on 7th February 2013, it provides guidance on how developers can deliver housing which is both appropriate and needed, and can assist in the delivery of new affordable homes.

A revision to the SPD is needed because of recent updates to the council’s planning policies for determining housing proposals, particularly the adoption of the Development Management Development Plan Document (DPD), and to reflect the increasing focus on affordable housing and development viability. The revised version can also take account of the experience and practice gained in implementing affordable housing policy since the current SPD was adopted.

The council has not published a draft revision of the SPD, but with this consultation it is beginning the process of a review. The consultation document below describes the range of the topics which will be covered in the forthcoming review. It describes the areas where the SPD might need to be revised and suggests possible approach to key issues.

This consultation will most readily be understood by those who have also read the current Meeting Housing Needs SPD and who are familiar with the policies in the Development Management DPD.

The consultation document contains questions which consultees are particularly invited to respond to. The council will, however, welcome comments and representations on all matters that will be addressed by the revised SPD. The will run from Monday 26th January to 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015.

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 available below:

This followed the Turley Associates housing requirement report (Strategic Housing Market Assessment) which recommended that 12,000 new homes are needed in the district over the next 20 years.

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) identified potential sites for 7,000 new homes which left a gap of 5,000 homes. The consultation focussed on 5 potential options to identify additional housing sites for the additional 5,000 homes.

Turley Associates have been asked to review the housing requirement report in light of the latest population figures once revised household projection figures are made available later this year. Further consultation on the revised housing recommendation will take place in 2015.

The outcomes of this consultation and further research will help to inform a preferred option, (a draft), Land Allocations document, this a key part of the local plan. Consulted on this draft is likely to take place in early 2016.

The Sustainability Appraisal (pdf, 578kb) of the options will also be taken into consideration. This has been prepared by Hyder Consultants on behalf of the council and provides an independent assessment of the sustainability of the suggested options.

The consultation leaflet can be viewed in the right hand downloads (please note this consultation is now closed).

 Consultation statistics to date (Nov 2014) 

  • Sixty four consultation events (54 drop-in sessions and 10 workshops) have been held as part of the preparation of the Land Allocations and Development Management Development Plan Documents.
  • Caton, Lancaster and Cowan Bridge had the highest attendance and Torrisholme and Bolton Le Sands had the lowest attendance during the most recent June 2014 consultation events.
  • There are 1,482 individuals and organisations on the planning policy consultation list. This includes members of the public, councillors/MPs developers/agents, parish councils, government organisations, local authorities, local groups, utility providers and businesses.



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01524 582383

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