Morecambe Area Action Plan
MAAP Draft Plan (Preferred Options) Consultation
Preparing the Morecambe Area Action Plan will vision and map the future of central Morecambe.
It will create a framework for the development, conservation and change needed to secure lasting regeneration gains for the town.
What we are doing now - Publication stage
Point us in the right direction...
Publication versions of the Morecambe Area Action Plan DPD and Development Management are available from Thursday 10 October to Thursday 21 November 2013. The council is inviting representations on their soundness (i.e. does it comply with national planning policy) and their legal compliance.
How to make representations
All representations must be made using the council’s representation form. The form along with a guide on to how to make representations and information regarding soundness and legal compliance are available to download below:
Hard copies are available from the town halls and local libraries. Representation forms and guides can be posted out upon request.
All representations must be in writing (either electronically or on paper) using the council’s representation form and must be received by 5pm on Thursday 21 November 2013. Representations will not be accepted after this time. All valid representations will be made public and submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration at independent examination.
Publication version and supporting documents
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment Report, MAAP (pdf, 522kb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP - Non-Technical Summary (pdf, 608kb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix A (pdf, 484kb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix B (pdf, 1.2mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix C (pdf, 35kb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix D (pdf, 1mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix E, Figure 2 (pdf, 1.6mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix E, Figure 3 (pdf, 1.8mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix E, Figure 4 (pdf, 1.6mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix E, Figure 5 (pdf, 1.6mb)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment, MAAP – Appendix F (pdf, 35kb)
- Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report, MAAP (pdf, 10.6mb)
- Statement of Consultation (pdf, 714kb)
- Topic Paper 1 – Vision to Approach (pdf, kb)
- Topic Paper 2 – Developing Options (pdf, kb)
- Topic Paper 3 – Outline Options Narrative Report (pdf, kb)
- Topic Paper 4 – Ease of movement (pdf, kb)
- Topic Paper 5 – The Town ntre Economy (pdf, kb)
- Topic Paper 6 – Sites and Subjects Directory (pdf, kb)
Hardcopies are available to view at the following locations:
- Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls;
- Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth, Silverdale, Halton and Bolton-le-Sands Libraries; and
- Hornby Institute.
Council officers will be available to answer questions on both documents and how to make representations at the following times and locations:
- Thursday 17 October – Hornby Institute (2 – 7pm)
- Tuesday 22 October – Lancaster Library (2 – 7pm)
- Monday 28 October – Carnforth Library (2 – 7pm)
- Thursday 31 October – Morecambe Library (2 – 7pm)
Lancaster City Council Cabinet approved plans for the first improvement project to Morecambe's main streets as part of the Morecambe Area Action Plan. The main proposal is to create ‘Royalty Place’ – a reference to the former theatre which was located near the site – between the Arndale, Post Office and former M&S buildings. Linked to these improvements will be new surfacing for the seaward end of Euston Road through to Marine Road Central and also other improvements down Victoria Street. The work is scheduled to take place in 2014.
Draft Plan (Preferred Options) Consultation - Autumn 2012
Thank you to everyone who commented on the Draft Local Plan consultation which closed on 14 December 2012. A consultation will take place later in 2013 on the publication version of the documents. The documents will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for a public examination, before they can be formally adopted in late 2013/ early 2014.
A eight week consultation ran from 22 October 2012 to 14 December 2012 on a new Local Plan for the district. The Core Strategy is the main document in the Local Plan and was adopted by the council in 2008. This established the overall vision and overriding strategy for the district. Three further documents (Development Plan Documents (DPDS) have now been prepared:
- Land Allocations
- Development Management
- Morecambe Area Action Plan
Drafts of each of these plans are now available. The Morecambe Area Action Plan can be viewed below.
A report on the findings of the consultation will be available in 2013.
View the MAAP draft plan (PDF 5.5MB)
You can also click the viewer below to read the Morecambe Area Action Plan online:
There are a number of companion documents to the Draft Plan which will also be made available during this consultation period. These include a draft Sustainability Report in two parts - Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA and SEA) with supporting separate appendices; and a draft Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) - please note that the 'Figures' from Appendix B can be found at the end of this document.
About the Morecambe Area Action Plan
The council's adopted Core Strategy (2008) identified central Morecambe as a Regeneration Priority Area. In October 2008, the council's Cabinet authorised the production of an area action plan for central Morecambe.
What is an Area Action Plan?
An Area Action Plan (AAP) is a Development Plan Document (DPD) that will form part of the Lancaster District Local Plan together with the Core Strategy they will form the most important considerations in determining most planning applications in central Morecambe.
The preparation of an area action plan will put in place a comprehensive and robust planning framework to provide for the development, conservation and change needed to secure lasting regeneration gains. It is both a policy and delivery tool and goes beyond traditional land use policy documents by considering issues of funding, timing and delivery.
Land use and development management policies for the wider district are also currently being prepared - see www.lancaster.gov.uk/planningpolicy for further information.
The Morecambe Area Action Plan
The Morecambe Area Action Plan (MAAP) will provide a framework to facilitate and manage development and change within central Morecambe over the next ten years or so to 2023/4. The MAAP will become the document through which the visions and objectives for the area will be developed, considered and co-ordinated for implementation. It will identify key infrastructure projects that will contribute to the regeneration of central Morecambe. It will direct investment, give increased certainty to potential investors, build confidence and assist the council in securing funding and facilitating development. Economic circumstances inevitably will affect the pace of regeneration but bringing forward the MAAP should ensure that central Morecambe is well placed to capture and benefit from economic upturn.
The MAAP should:
- Detail the vision for central Morecambe set out in the Lancaster District Core Strategy:
'Central Morecambe is identified as a Regeneration Priority Area of sub-regional importance. Through tourism, housing renewal and heritage led regeneration, central Morecambe will be reinvented as a visitor destination drawing on its natural and built heritage, and as an office and service centre with restored historic townscape and a revived housing market.' Lancaster District Core Strategy (July 2008), Policy ER2.
- Provide a spatial framework that will help facilitate development and change to realise the regeneration vision.
- Be supported by the community
- Be deliverable
Stages for preparing the MAAP
Preparing any DPD under the new planning system might be described as involving three main stages:
- Preparing the evidence base
- With stakeholders, identifying the scope, objectives and key issues and out of these options before agreeing a preferred option
- Publishing the plan for formal consultation, submitting the preferred option for examination and, subject to the outcome, formal adoption.
A draft (preferred options0 will be available for consultation from 22 October - 14 December 2012. The comments and responses to this will inform the production of a final draft plan (Spring 2013) to which representations can be made. These will be presented for independent examination in Summer 2013. Subject to the outcome of this examination, formal adoption is anticipated to occur in early 2014.
In reaching this stage extensive public and stakeholder consultation has been carried out. See our Consultation page for further information.
There will be further opportunities to get involved with the the MAAP and the wider Local Plan so please continue to visit this page. In addition, you may wish to receive notifications of our consultations and progress by adding your details to our consultation database. We would love to hear from you so please contact us with your details via one of the methods below: