On 29 July 2020 Lancaster City Council formally adopted its current Local Plan. Policy SG1 of the Strategic Policies & Land Allocations Development Plan Document set a broad location for growth in the South Lancaster area and a series of key growth principles for the future development. Policy SG1 did not set specific allocations of land for development or other purposes, nor did it provide a detailed planning framework through locally-specific planning policies – it did however set a commitment to prepare and deliver a new Area Action Plan DPD for growth in South Lancaster, including the delivery of Bailrigg Garden Village.
The creation of a new Bailrigg Garden Village has been established through the Local Plan process and it is for the Area Action Plan to set out how this new settlement can be achieved. The ambitions of the Council are to deliver development which embeds the key principles of Garden Villages within new development including the provision of a wide range of housing, the necessary supporting infrastructure, community-led development, employment and job creation, high-quality design, the delivery of green and blue infrastructure networks and development which sits in balance with the surrounding natural environment.
Consultation on Topic Papers
The City Council are seeking to prepare an Area Action Plan for South Lancaster that is robust, fully evidenced and has been thoroughly engaged upon with all interested parties. Whilst this takes time to achieve, it is important that effective progress is made on the Action Plan to provide certainty to all; certainty to the local community in terms of how development will evolve in South Lancaster and how key concerns will be addressed; certainty to the development industry and landowners in South Lancaster to ensure the land-uses of the area are well understood and the requirements on new developments are clear and certainty to other key stakeholders and statutory bodies to ensure that the Action Plan makes sound and robust decisions around how future development is achieved.
In order to achieve this, the City Council have been undertaking informal engagement across the course of 2022 with a range of stakeholders, cumulating in the publication of a series of Topic Papers for an 8-week period to Monday 9 January 2023. The Topic Papers look to set context and background to some of the issues and matters which the Action Plan will have to address and suggest potential approaches to how such matters could be addressed.
- The story of Lancaster South Area Action Plan (AAP)
- Previous stages of consultations and engagement
- How we are progressing the next stages of preparation and
- Evidence base documents that support the development of the AAP
- Plus the Consultation & Engagement Plan
Please Note: Lancashire County Council is the local highway authority for Lancaster. The County Council has been exploring approaches to managing travel in Lancaster, these are described on the County Council’s “Transforming travel in Lancaster” webpages . The County Council is preparing a planning application for new roads in south Lancaster that would support the achievement of development in the AAP area.