In accordance with regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (As Amended) Lancaster City Council submitted the Strategic Policies and Land Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD) and the Development Management DPD to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) on 15 May 2018 for examination.
Richard McCoy, BSc MSc Dip TP MRTPI IHBC has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether our Local Plan is sound.
The Programme Officer
Kim Russell has been appointed as the programme officer for this examination and she is an independent officer working under the direction of the inspector. For all matters concerning the examination please contact Kim in the first instance:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 01539 728198
- Mobile: 07442 162039
- Post: Programme Officer, 6 Laurel Gardens, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6FE
Examination Hearing dates and venues
Hearings took place on the following dates:
- Week 1: Tuesday 9 April 2019 to Thursday 11 April 2019
- Week 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019
- Week 3: Tuesday 30 April 2019 to Wednesday 1 May 2019
The Hearing sessions were held at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF (except on Wednesday 10 April 2019, which was at Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH). The Inspector issued a revised Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB) [EX8.4] that includes an updated list of participants. The Inspector's updated Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 203KB) [EX5.1] formed the basis for the discussions at the hearing sessions. The Examination procedure is outlined in the Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note (PDF, 269KB) [EX6].
The Inspector scheduled an additional sitting day commencing at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Morecambe Town Hall to cover the matters concerning Objectively Assessed Housing Need and 5 year housing land supply that arose during the discussions on days 1 to 4 of the Hearing Sessions. A letter inviting participation (EX9) (PDF, 218KB) in this session was sent to those parties who originally exercised their right to appear and be heard at the Hearings. The Inspector issued a Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) that was held on Tuesday 21 May 2019.
Latest Examination News
16 July 2019
Letter (PDF, 314KB) [LCC10] to the Examining Inspector providing an update on the statement made on the ninth day of hearings (Tuesday 21st May 2019) by leading counsel for Lancaster City Council following the change in the Council’s political administration. This document has been added to Section 6 of the Examination Library.
3 July 2019
The Council has submitted a response to the EX11 (Inspector's Post Hearing Note to the Council) (PDF, 204KB) [LCC9]. This document has been added to Section 6 of the Examination Library.
31 May 2019
The Inspector has issued a Post Hearing Note to the Council (PDF, 151KB) [EX11]
15 May 2019
A Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) on Tuesday 21 May 2019 has been issued.
2 May 2019
An updated list of sites (Version 3) (PDF, 287KB) that the Inspector intends to visit has been published.
29 April 2019
The Inspector has scheduled an additional sitting day commencing at 10am on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at Morecambe Town Hall to cover the matters concerning Objectively Assessed Housing Need and 5 year housing land supply that arose during the discussions on days 1 to 4 of the Hearing Sessions. A letter inviting participation (EX9) (PDF, 218KB) in this session has been sent to those parties who originally exercised their right to appear and be heard at the Hearings.
Additionally, an updated list of sites (Version 2) (PDF, 286KB) that the Inspector intends to visit has also been published.
Older news updates are available in the Examination News Archive below.
25 April 2019
A draft list of site visits (Version 1) (PDF, 285KB) to be undertaken by the Inspector has been issued. This will be updated during the course of the Examination Hearings and revised versions published when available.
Please also note that Section 8 of the Examination Library is regularly updated as documents are received by the Inspector during the course of the Examination Hearings.
18 April 2019
An updated Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB)[EX8.4] has been issued detailing amendments to the participant lists.
11 April 2019
The Inspector has received an additional Hearing Statement (Ref HS30) that has been added to the Examination Library (Part B, Section 7).
10 April 2019
Hearings will start at 9.30am on Thursday 11 April 2019 to conclude unfinished business from today's Hearing sessions.
9 April 2019
Examination Library update
Section 8 has been added to Part B of the Examination Library. This will contain all documents received by the Inspector on each day of the Examination Hearings.
5 April 2019
An updated Hearings Programme (Version 4) (PDF, 398KB) [EX8.3] has been issued detailing amendments to the participant lists. Please also note that Hearing Statement HS05 (see Examination Library, Part B, Section 7) has been republished with minor amendments.
4 April 2019
Hearing Statements and Statements of Common Ground are now available to view in (Part B, Section 7) of the Examination Library.
30 March 2019
The Inspector has issued the following documents:
- an updated Hearings Programme (Version 3) (PDF, 398KB) [EX8.2] that details amendments to the participant lists;
- an updated Matters, Issues and Questions (PDF, 203KB) document to reflect the clause added on 8 March 2019 to Matter 1 (Question d) [EX5.1];
The Council’s Local Development Scheme (PDF, 1MB) [LCC8] has also been added to the Examination Library (Part B, Section 6)
25 March 2019
The Council’s responses to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions are now available in the Examination Library (Part B, Section 6 – document references LCC7.1.0 to LCC7.7).
21 March 2019
The Inspector has issued a revised Draft Hearings Programme (Version 2) (PDF, 396KB) [EX8.1] that includes a list of participants. Please note that there have been some changes made to the timetabling of the hearings and that reserve dates (should additional time be required) are now 8-10 May 2019. Please also note that this is a draft programme and updates may continue.
19 March 2019
Publication of updated reports
The Council has published a revised version of the Lancaster District Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Strategy: Assessment Report (PDF, 5.3MB) (LCC4.11) and Lancaster District Playing Pitch and Outdoor Sports Strategy: Strategy and Action Plan (PDF, 2.7MB) (LCC4.12). Revisions relate to the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club and include an additional paragraph on page 116 and an update to the table on page 99 of the respective documents.
8 March 2019
Update to Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions
The Inspector wishes to add the following clause (shown in bold text) to Question d of Matter 1: Are the DPDs in general conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework? Do they reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development (in particular policies SP1 and SP2) and facilitate the sustainable use of minerals as set out in paragraph 143 of the Framework?
2 March 2019
The Inspector has issued the following documents:
- Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 274KB) [EX5] – the MIQs will form the basis of the discussions at the hearing sessions;
- Examination Guidance Note (PDF, 269KB) [EX6] – explains the procedure for the Examination;
- Inspector's letter to representors (PDF, 131KB) [EX7] explaining the eligibility and procedure for those wishing to appear at the Hearings;
- Draft Hearings Timetable (Version 1) (PDF, 138KB) [EX8] – please note that this is only a first draft and is very likely to be updated depending on the numbers wishing to appear at the Hearing sessions.
1 March 2019
The Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 274KB) [EX5] has been received by the Council.
26 February 2019
The Council's response to the Inspector's re-issued Initial Questions (PDF, 165KB) has been received by the Inspector [LCC6] and has been added to the Examination Library.
25 February 2019
The Council has issued a Notice of Examination Hearings. For hearing dates and venues, please see above.
Please note that the Draft Hearing Programme will be published on the website as soon as it is available.
22 February 2019
In light of the Council's recent additional consultation, the Inspector's Initial Questions have been re-issued (PDF, 182KB) to the Council for an updated response [EX4]
21 February 2019
Examination Library update
All evidence documents and responses, along with an updated Consultation Statement and representation schedules have been submitted to the Inspector and published in Part B (Section 6) of the Examination Library.
The Part A Examination Library has been refreshed to reflect these updates.
14 February 2019
New Programme Officer appointed
Kim Russell has replaced Yvonne Parker as Programme Officer – see contact details above.
Provisional dates for Examination Hearings rescheduled
Examination Hearing dates have been provisionally rescheduled for the week commencing 8 April 2019. There will be no hearing sessions the following week. Hearings will recommence on Wednesday 24 April 2019 (running Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of this week). If required, further sittings will be held in the week commencing 29 April 2019.
7 January 2019
Lancaster City Council has published additional evidence and information to support the submitted Local Plan. A six week consultation will now take place until 5pm Friday 15 February 2019. Following your consideration of the additional evidence and information you are invited to make representations on the soundness of the plan, its legal compliance and conformity with duty to cooperate requirements. More details here....
20 December 2018
Hearing Dates Provisionally Scheduled
Following the recent exchange of correspondence between the Inspector and the Council (this can be found in the drop down box, 'Local Plan Examination Library' under Section 5 and Section 6 below), Local Hearing Dates have been provisionally scheduled for the week commencing 1 April 2019 and the week commencing 8 April 2019. There will be no hearing sessions on the following week (the week commencing 15 April 2019). Further sittings will be held in the week commencing 22 April 2019 should they be needed (in this week the hearing sessions would be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).
The Council will be consulting on additional evidence between Friday 4 January 2019 and Friday 15 February 2019. Further information will be made available on the Council’s Planning Policy Consultations webpages. The additional evidence and statements that will be the subject of consultation are listed within the Response from Lancaster City Council dated 23rd November 2018 (see LCC2, Section 6).
13 December 2018
The council's response (PDF, 93KB) to the Inspector's Pre-Hearing notes  has been received by the Inspector (dated 11 December 2018) [LCC3]
11 December 2018
The Inspector's Pre-Hearing note  (PDF, 90KB) has been received by the council (dated 10 December 2018) [EX3]
The council's response (PDF, 117KB) to the Inspector's Pre-Hearing notes  has been received by the Inspector (dated 23 November 2018) [LCC2]
19 November 2018
The Inspector's Pre-Hearing note  (PDF, 71KB) has been received by the council (dated 19 November 2018) [EX2]
12 November 2018
The hearings will NOT commence on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Further details will be posted in due course.
The council submitted additional documents to the Inspector. See the Examination Library, Section 9 below
3 October 2018
The council's response (PDF, 316KB) to the Inspector's initial questions have been received by the Inspector [LCC1]
5 September 2018
The Inspector's initial questions (PDF, 103KB) has been received by the council [EX1]
The examination library provides access to all supporting evidence and documentation relating to the Local Plan.
Part A: Documents submitted to the Secretary of State 15 May 2018
- SECTION 1 - Submission documents
- SECTION 2 - Previous consultation documents
- SECTION 3 - Supporting evidence documents
- SECTION 4 - Other supporting documents
Part B: Examination documents
The list of documents submitted is held by the Programme Officer and as the Examination progresses will be maintained by the Programme Officer, see below.
EX1 - Inspector’s initial questions to the Council (PDF, 102KB) 5 September 2018
EX2 - Pre-Hearing note from the Inspector to the Council  (PDF, 71KB) 19 November 2018
EX3 - Pre-Hearing note from the Inspector to the Council  (PDF, 90KB) 10 December 2018
EX4 - Inspector's re-issued Initial Questions to the Council (PDF, 182KB)22 February 2019
EX5 - Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 274KB) 28 February 2019
EX5.1 - Inspector's updated Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) (PDF, 203KB) 8 March 2019
EX6 – Examination Guidance Note (PDF, 269KB) 1 March 2019
EX7 – Inspector's letter to representors (PDF, 131KB) 1 March 2019
EX8 – Draft Hearings Timetable (Version 1) (PDF, 138KB) 1 March 2019
EX8.1 - Draft Hearings Programme (Version 2) (PDF, 396KB) 21 March 2019
EX8.2 - Hearings Programme (Version 3) (PDF, 398KB) 29 March 2019
EX8.3 - Hearings Programme (Version 4) (PDF, 398KB) 5 April 2019
EX8.4 - Hearings Programme (Version 5) (PDF, 397KB) 18 April 2019
EX10 - Hearings Programme for additional sitting day (EX10) (PDF, 55KB) 15 May 2019
EX11 - Inspector's Post Hearing Note to the Council (PDF, 151KB) 31 May 2019
Note that copies of all representations to this further consultation, an updated Consultation Statement and schedules along with all relevant evidence documents are available in Section 6.1 below.
LCC5 - Notice of Examination Hearings (PDF, 216KB) 25 February 2019
Council's response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions (Refs 7.1 to 7.7 below) 22 March 2019
LCC7.1.1 - Updated Part 1 HRA Report (PDF, 4.4MB)
LCC7.1.2 - Updated Part 2 HRA Report (PDF, 3.2MB)
LCC7.2.0 - MATTER 2 - HOUSING (PDF, 655KB)
LCC7.2.1 - Examination trajectory (PDF, 408KB)
LCC7.6.0 - MATTER 6 - TRANSPORT (PDF, 227KB)
LCC7.6.1 - Lancaster Emerging Local Plan Technical Note 4: Consideration of Comments received on the Local Plan Transport Assessment (PDF, 785KB) Note that this document has been re-published due to an error at para 5.1.1a (Section 5.0) which previously read 'It should also be noted the HE consider the impact of the TA presents a worst case scenario' and should have read '... do not consider ...'
LCC7.7 - MATTER 7 - ENVIRONMENT (PDF, 231KB)
LCC8 - Local Development Scheme (PDF, 1MB) (January 2019)
LCC10 - Letter to Inspector updated position (PDF, 314KB)(16 July 2019)
Section 6.1 - Representations and evidence documents relating to additional consultation following Submission
Representations received and updated representation statements:
LCC4.1.2 - Updated list of representation in policy order (additional representation highlighted in green) (PDF, 1.5MB) (February 2019)
LCC4.2 - Additional Representations in PINS order (February 2019)
LCC4.3 - Updated list of respondents wishing to speak at hearing (PDF, 540KB) (February 2019)
LCC4.4 - Updated Consultation Statement (Regulation 22) (PDF, 1.3MB) (February 2019)
Council's media and communications documents:
LCC4.25 - Public Notice (PDF, 199KB)
LCC4.26 - Press Release (PDF, 334KB)
LCC4.28 - Consultee letter (PDF, 256KB)
Statements of Common Ground:
SoCG01 - East Lancaster Strategic Site SoCG (April 2019) (PDF, 2.1MB) Addendum to SoCG01 is available in Section 8 below (Ref HD28)
SoCG04 - North Lancaster Strategic Site SoCG (April 2019) (PDF, 2MB) Addendum to SoCG04 is available in Section 8 below (Ref HD27)
HD04 - Supplements to Matter 1 of Hearing Statement HS25 (PDF, 1.6MB)_Cushman & Wakefield on behalf of E Metcalfe & T Lloyd_PINS85
HD11 - Government response to the technical consultation (PDF, 196KB) (regarding updates to national planning policy and guidance) (Feb 2019)
HD18.1-18.3 - Documents submitted by Aggregate Industries UK in relation to Agent of Change Principle:
- HD18.1 - Extract from Draft London Plan showing minor suggested changes (PDF, 46KB)
- HD18.2 - Additional response from Aggregate Industries UK regarding Agent of Change Principle (PDF, 10KB)
- HD18.3 - Mayor of London response to Inspector's Matters (PDF, 786KB)
HD21.1 - 21.2 Lancaster City Council's revised 5 year land supply trajectory and explanatory note:
- HD21.1 - Revised 5 year land supply trajectory (15 April 2019) (PDF, 534KB)
- HD21.2 - Explanatory Note to accompany the revised trajectory (15 April 2019) (PDF, 365KB)
HD22 - Comments received in relation to the Council's proposed wording Policy SG1A (Ref. HD09) and revised 5 year land supply trajectory (Ref. HD21.1 - 21.2):
- HD22.1 - Comments from Cushman & Wakefield (ID85) regarding Policy SG1A (15 April 2019) (PDF, 90KB)
- HD22.2 - Comments from Peter Brett Assc (ID124) in response to Council's revised trajectory (16 April 2019) (PDF, 129KB)
- HD22.3 - Comments from Satnam (ID7) regarding Policy SG1A (18 April 2019) (PDF, 1.2MB)
- HD22.4 - Comments from Emery Planning on behalf of Satnam (ID7) in response to Council's revised trajectory (18 April 2019) (PDF, 117KB)
- HD22.5 - Comments from Turley on behalf of Peel Investments (ID163) on SG1, SG1A & 5 yr land supply (18 April 2019) (PDF, 207KB)
HD34.1 & HD34.2 - Additional evidence submitted by Aggregate Industries UK regarding mineral safeguarding areas:
- HD34.1 - Comments submitted by Aggregate Industries UK regarding mineral safeguarding areas (PDF, 282KB)
- HD34.2 - Map extract referred to in HD34.1 (PDF, 10.9MB)
HD36 - Extract from the informal draft modification DPD consultation October 2018’, noted in LCC2 (section 6 of Examination Library) presented as additional evidence by Cushman & Wakefield (25 April 2019) (PDF, 562KB)
HD40 - Statement of Common Ground between LCC and Lancaster University in relation to Lancaster University Estate and its location within the Bailrigg Garden Village Broad Location for Growth (25 April 2019) (PDF, 491KB)
HD54.1 & HD54.2 - Map extracts showing Flood Zones and Mineral Safeguarding Areas relative to South Lancaster Growth Area:
- HD54.1 - Map extract from Lancaster City Council showing Flood Zones relative to South Lancaster Growth Area (PDF, 1.2MB)
- HD54.2 - Map extract from Lancaster City Council showing Mineral Safeguarding Areas relative to South Lancaster Growth Area (PDF, 1.2MB)
HD57.1 & HD57.2 - Map extracts showing Mineral Safeguarding Areas relative to mineral type in the Carnforth area:
HD59.1 to 59.2: Lancaster City Council's Revised Examination Trajectory and Explanatory Note (14 May 2019)
HD59.1 - A revised trajectory for the full Local Plan period and additional three year post Local Plan period (PDF, 288KB). Note that this is a fourth trajectory, a development of HD21.1, now for the full plan period (also plus three years) and now also taking full account of the delivery content from the various Statements of Common Ground.
HD59.2 - Explanatory note with the five year land supply at adoption updated accordingly (PDF, 263KB). Note that this includes an Updated 5 Year Supply Position taking account of the above trajectory. This shows that, with the retention of the stepped approach to achieving an overall plan average of 510 dwellings per annum, (i.e. in the years 2019/2020 to 2023/24 the stepped approach is for 450 homes per year) and a supply of 3,469, there would be a 5 year supply position upon adoption: specifically, 6.97 years. It also describes why changes have been made to the trajectory, most particularly reverting to the submission position for the Broad Location of Growth at Lancaster South following the signing of the SoCG, and also taking account of the recent signing of Section 106 Agreements at a number of sites.
HD60.1 to 60.4: Background information provided Lancaster City Council relating to four 'omission' sites
Last updated: 17 July 2019