The draft Local Plan shows which areas of the district will be allocated for development on the basis that they are suitable, available and achievable sites for development including for employment and new housing.
This consultation follows earlier consultations in summer 2014 and autumn 2015, which asked people for their views on a number of potential sites to accommodate an anticipated growth in population and jobs over the next 20 years. Once adopted, the Local Plan will set the council’s strategy for development in the district up to at least 2031.
The Government has directed local authorities to ensure they are contributing to the increasing national shortfall of housing and taking action to support growth in the economy. The council has calculated that for the Lancaster district this means that its new Local Plan needs to identify enough land to allow for the development of around 13,500 new homes and potentially 9,500 jobs.
Feedback from the earlier consultations, along with other evidence, has been used to prepare the draft Local Plan that people are now being invited to comment on.
The consultation period runs for 8 weeks from Friday 27 January 2017 to 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017.
Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for planning and regeneration, said: “It is vitally important that local people are given the chance to help shape the future of the Lancaster district and be instrumental in developing a plan which will open up more opportunities for people to have access to decent jobs and homes."
More information on the consultation and the relevant documents are available to view at www.lancaster.gov.uk/planningpolicy Copies are also available to view at customer service centres at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls.
A number of ‘drop in’ events will also be held across the district for people to find out more about the options and have their say.
Monday 6 - Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road, Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Wednesday 8 - Christ Church Hall, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Thursday 9 - Carnforth Heritage Centre, Carnforth Station, Warton Road. Carnforth - 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 14 - Central Lancaster High School, Crag Road, Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Saturday 18 - St Nicholas Arcade, Lancaster City Centre - 10.30am-1.30pm
Monday 20 - Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate - 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 21- Carnforth Civic Hall, North Road, Carnforth - 3pm-6pm
Thursday 23 - Middleton Parish Hall, Low Road, Middleton - 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 28 - Morecambe Library, Central Drive, Morecambe - 4pm-7pm
Monday 1 - Beaumont College, Slyne Road - 4pm-7pm
Thursday 2 - Rowley Court, (opp. Boot and Shoe), Scotforth Road, Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Monday 6 - St Paul’s Community Centre, Hala Square, Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 7 - Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby, Near Lancaster - 4pm-7pm
Wednesday 8 - Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster - 12.30pm-3.30pm
Monday 13 – Lancaster House Hotel, Green Lane, Lancaster - 3pm-7pm
Feedback on the draft documents can also be offered by completing an on-line form at www.lancaster.gov.uk/localplan, in writing to Regeneration and Planning, PO Box 4, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 27 January 2017