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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 consultation

Draft Local Green Spaces Methodology Consultation

Lancaster City council is currently consulting on a draft methodology, which outlines how valuable areas of green space will be identified and assessed within the district.

Local Green Spaces could be valuable to the community because of the wildlife they are home to, their beauty, their cultural or heritage significance, the tranquillity they provide or their recreational value.

Those spaces which prove to be demonstrably valuable or significant to an area would form part of the council’s Land Allocations document and be protected from an inappropriate development.

Once the views have been considered and the methodology has been finalised, a call for local green space sites will take place.

Please email any comments to planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk or write to Planning and Housing Policy Team, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ.

The deadline for comments is Friday February 27 2015.

Supplementary Planning Documents Consultation

Lancaster City Council are currently consulting on two new draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) which expand on policies within the Development Management DPD.

This includes an SPD on Employment and Skills Plans, which seeks to encourage major new development proposals to use local people to fill job vacancies through both the construction and occupation phases of development, in turn boosting the levels of local apprenticeships. The second SPD relates to proposals for shopfronts and advertisements providing practical and useful advice over design and location, particularly in areas of historic importance.

This consultation will run from Wednesday 14th January to 5pm on Wednesday 25th February.

Please complete the below representation form, or email planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk or write to Planning and Housing Policy Team, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ.

Draft Employment and Skills Plans SPD
Draft Design of Shop Fronts SPD
Background Information
Representation Form

Copies are also available in both Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls.

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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