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Joint Development Plan Document adopted for Arnside & Silverdale AONB

29 March 2019

We have agreed to adopt a joint Development Plan Document (DPD) drawn up with Lancaster City Council for the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

We have worked with Lancaster City Council, along with the AONB Management and Executive Committee, to produce the plan, which is the first in the country to be prepared in this way to apply policies and allocations across an AONB.

The AONB DPD summarises the development and planning considerations for the area by saying that within the Arnside & Silverdale AONB housing, employment, services, infrastructure and other development will be managed to contribute towards meeting the needs of those who live in, work in and visit the area in a way that: conserves and enhances the landscape, the natural beauty, and the special qualities of the AONB; creates vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities with a strong sense of place; and maintains a thriving local economy.

The plan allocates relatively few sites for development and its policies are more restrictive towards development than elsewhere in the district, excluding national parks. It includes a principle that 50 per cent of all new housing in the AONB on sites of two or more dwellings should be affordable, as well as principles relating to development strategy; Open Space and Key Settlement Landscapes; camping, caravanning and visitor accommodation; and water quality, sewerage and sustainable drainage in areas where there is no mains drainage.

The DPD was adopted at a meeting of the Full Council last night (March 28). There is now a six-week period during which a legal challenge to the decision to adopt the plan may be made.

At the same meeting we also adopted the Development Management Policies DPD.

These decisions conclude the finalising of our current Local Plan. Lancaster City Council is set to consider the AONB DPD for inclusion in its Local Plan.

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