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Implementation of Lancaster City Council’s Registered Provider Framework

Lancaster City Council is seeking to formalise current arrangements with existing Registered Partners by introducing a new Registered Provider Framework and is inviting new and existing Registered Providers to apply to join the framework. 

The Framework is limited to Registered Providers who currently own/manage or are seeking to provide affordable housing in the form of general needs accommodation, older people’s housing and/or supported housing for homeless households for which Lancaster City Council is the lead commissioner.  At present, affordable housing is typically provided as social housing in the form of rented homes (social and affordable rented) and shared ownership.  However, other forms of low cost home ownership such as rent to buy may be considered.   We are also particularly keen to work with Registered Providers who will deliver affordable housing through purchase and repair schemes and not just focus on new build opportunities in order to increase the existing affordable housing supply at pace. 

The council is keen to maintain a level playing field without creating unnecessary and unhelpful competition between Partners.  To this end, we may have to limit the number of Partners accepted onto the Framework in order to achieve the right balance.  Applications will be assessed based on the suitability of Partners demonstrated in their application.  The council is ultimately seeking to strengthen the current arrangements and expects that Partners on the Framework will engage positively with the council, undertake to regular attendance at meetings and support the council in meeting its housing targets, priorities and statutory duties in order to meet local housing need.  

In order to make an application to join the please view the Registered Provider Framework . The closing date for applications is Monday 18 December 2023.

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Closed consultations

Development Plan Documents (DPD)
Consultation on the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan Main Modifications 

Consultation on the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan Main Modifications has now closed. All responses will be sent to the planning inspector for the Examination.  

More details on the consultation can be view here.

Supplementary Planning Documents - comments are currently being considered, more details to follow
Shopfronts and Advertisements Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) consultation

This Shopfront Supplementary & Advertisement Planning Document (SPD) supplements policy guidance provided in the Development Management DPD (adopted July 2020) in relation to shopfronts and advertisements. The purpose of the SPD is to provide design guidance on the installation of new shopfronts and advertisements within the district particularly in sensitive locations (for example within conservation areas).  More details here.

A  series of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) have been drafted to help support applicants address the policies in the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan which was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination, more details here. The SPDs cover the topics of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, water management, sustainable building and renewable energy, green and blue infrastructure and sustainable travel. It is intended to progress the SPDs in tandem with the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan to enable early input and amendment where necessary to address responses and any amendments to the Climate Emergency Review of the Local Plan which the examiner may require. Following the review of comments made in the following conuslations, we will be further consualtion at Regulation 12 toward the end of this year.

Neighbourhood Plans
Housing Strategy

Lancaster City Council is asking for views on the establishment of a new Registered Provider Strategic Partnership Framework.  Comments are being reviewed.  More details to follow.

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