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Consultation in Lancaster Charter Market
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Current consultation - first neighbourhood plan application!
Lancaster City Council has received a neighbourhood plan application from Wray Parish Council, this proposes that the plan will cover the whole parish area.
The council will consult on this for 8 weeks from 17 November 2014 to 12 January 2015 before making a decision. Normally the consultation period would be 6 weeks but this is being extended due to the consultation taking place over the Christmas period.
Please view the application documents below and send any comments by 12 January 2015. Copies can also be viewed in Wray shop and Village Institute.
Email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to: Planning Policy Team, Lancaster City Council, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities the chance to decide where new development should be and what it should look like. For example, new homes, shops and offices. A plan must be in line with the District’s Local Plan and is subject to an independent examination and community referendum. If approved, a neighbourhood plan forms part of the district’s Local Plan and it is used in helping to make decisions on planning applications.
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.