About the Local Plan & Planning Policy

What it is, and how and why we are developing it

The Council have now completed work on the new Local Plan for Lancaster District which includes a Strategic Policies & Land Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) and a reviewed Development Management DPD. The adoption of the Local Plan provides certainty over how our district will develop and grow over the coming years and identifies how development needs will be met. The Plan sets out how and where economic growth can be achieved and identifies where land and premises need to be protected, whether this is for its environment, economic or social value.

The Local Plan is critical to meeting local people’s aspirations, whether that be though the provision of new housing, the creation of new jobs or creating positive and healthy places for people to live, work and visit. It attempts to strike the balance between the need for development, regeneration and renewal and the protection of the natural and historic environment.

The world does not stand still. And the Local Plan needs to be flexible and adaptable to change over its lifetime and will be subject to constant monitoring and review. In response to the Council’s Climate Emergency Declaration, an immediate Review of the Local Plan will begin which will look at strengthening its approach towards the impacts of, and mitigation toward, Climate Change.

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) are planning policy documents which make up the Local Plan. They help to guide development within a local planning authority area by setting out the detailed planning policies which planning officers use to make their decisions on planning applications. DPDs were introduced as part of the reforms made to the planning system through the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 provide the most up-to-date legislation in relation to Local Plans and DPDs.