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Our current and previous consultations, news and how you can get involved

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.

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.

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Closed consultations

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

The Planning Inspector confirmed in her letter of 30th January 2024 that a focussed further main modifications consultation should take place in respect of amendments to Main Modifications MM14 and MM25 which respectively address energy efficiency standards within Policy DM30A and wind energy within Policy DM53 within Part Two Climate Emergency review of the Development Management Development Plan Document.  

Consultation has now closed. All responses have been sent to the planning inspector for the Examination.    

View the consultation material here.

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 have been 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.

Housing Strategy

Lancaster City Council sought views on the establishment of a new Registered Provider Strategic Partnership Framework.  Comments were considered and further consultation taking place until Friday 5 January 2024, see above.

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