The adopted Local Plan set out an ambitious vision for the district but, since its publication in 2020, it has been subject to a number of challenges outside of its control which has led to the Council on 12 September 2023 taking the decision to undertake a Full Review of its content and direction. The Full Review will commence later this year and will look to revisit a range of issues that will include (but is not limited to) matters of housing, employment, climate change, design and the natural environment.
The decision to undertake a Full Review of the Plan has led to the decision to cease work on the preparation of the Lancaster South Area Action Plan. Key reasons for the suspension of this work included the decision by Lancashire County Council in June 2023 to suspend work on the proposed South Lancaster to M6 Transport Project (otherwise known as the South Lancaster Growth Catalyst). The reasoning behind this suspension of this work related to the increasing inflationary costs of the project and its implications on the ability to delivery sustainable growth in the South Lancaster area.