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Local Plan Review

Local Plan explainer

A new Local Plan for Lancaster District

We have published our new digital hub for the full review of the Local Plan. We hope that our new digital approach and the information will help everyone to understand the local plan process.   We have asked for feedback, if you do find something is not clearly explained we will try to explain it better. The hub will be kept up to date as the new local plan is prepared. Please take a look - it has gone live.  Welcome to our new digital Local Plan Hub >>>>>>>>

Scoping and Early participation, get involved in developing the Local Plan

Participation on the scope of the Local Plan Review will continue into the Spring of 2024 before the Council will prepare further consultation on what it believes to be the key issues and how the Local Plan may seek to address them.

Responses can be open (i.e. there is no right or wrong answer and you can provide any information which helps inform your opinions on this). Participating in the scoping stage is an important starting point and will help the Council progress the Local Plan Review in terms of establishing vision and objectives. Explore here and get involved >>>>>>>

Closing date for comments is Friday 17 May 2024

We need your help!

Identifying flood risks 

We are looking for submission of information which will help us identify flood risk. We need information about sites but also evidence that these areas flood.  Please respond by 14 June 2024.

Open Space Assessment

The Council is keen to understand more about how you use and value your local public open spaces and recreation facilities and what might improve their attractiveness to local people.  There are two ways in which you can share your views.  Please respond by 23 June 2024.

Current Local Plan position

Lancaster City Council adopted its current Local Plan in July 2020 (Strategic Policies & Land Allocations DPD and Development Management DPD).  In light of its own declaration of a Climate Emergency the Council decided to partially review partially review the adopted plan.  Work on this partial review is ongoing; the council hopes to adopt the reviewed plan in 2024.

In 2023 Lancashire County Council decided to suspend work on the South Lancaster Growth Catalyst. This project was to provide transport and other infrastructure supported by funding from the government. This infrastructure would have enabled much development in the south of Lancaster including a new garden settlement.  The City Council had been preparing a Lancaster South Area Action Plan. Following the decision to suspend the South Lancaster Growth Catalyst Lancaster City Council decided to stop work on the Area Action Plan and to fully review the adopted Local Plan.

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