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Consultation in Lancaster Charter Market

Consultation in Lancaster Charter Market

If you would like to receive email updates on upcoming consultation, Local Plan documents and other planning policy matters, please complete the planning policy consultation list sign up form.

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

Current consultations

People, Homes and Jobs - How should we plan for our district's future? 

This consultation will run until 30 November 2015. 

Please visit the 'October/November 2015 Local Plan Consultation' web page to find out more.

Green Belt Review Method

The consultation on the Draft North Lancashire Green Belt Review Method Statement will run until 30 November 2015.

Please send any comments:

  • Via the online response form
  • By email: planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk
  • By writing to: Planning and Regeneration, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ.

Potential sites have been included in the ‘People, Homes and Jobs – How should we plan for the district’s future?’ consultation booklet for illustration purposes only.

This consultation will also run from 19 October to 30 November 2015.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document: Issues and Options Consultation

Together with South Lakeland District Council, we are preparing a dedicated Development Plan Document (DPD) for the whole of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The DPD will form part of both authorities’ Local Plans. It will identify sites for new housing and employment to meet local needs and will set out planning policies to ensure that development reflects the AONB designation.

As part of the preparation of this document, we are undertaking an Issues and Options consultation and holding public drop in events to support this consultation. Comments are invited between Friday 6 November 2015 and 5pm Friday 18 December 2015.

Please visit South Lakeland District Council's Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document web page for more information.

Employment and Skills and Shopfronts and Advertisements Supporting Planning Documents (SPDS)

We consulted on the draft Employment and Skills Plans and Shopfronts and Advertisements SPDs in February 2015. The consultation comments have been considered and we are now consulting on the final documents. This consultation will run from Monday 9 November until Friday 18 December 2015. The Council will consider whether to adopt both the SPDs as part of the Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011 – 2031 in early 2016.

For more information, please visit the Supporting Planning Documents web page.

Previous consultation

Meeting Future Housing Needs Consultation 2014 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 2014 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 October 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 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 2014 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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