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AONB Development Plan

Together with Lancaster City Council, we are preparing a dedicated Development Plan Document (DPD) for the whole of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The DPD will form part of both authorities’ Local Plans. It will identify sites for new housing and employment to meet local needs and will set out planning policies to ensure that development reflects the AONB designation.

Following consultation on an Issues and Options Discussion Paper in 2015, we have recently completed a consultation on the Draft DPD. Details of both consultations along with links to all associated documents can be viewed below.

We are now considering the responses made to the Draft DPD consultation and will be preparing a proposed submission version of the plan for publication. Upon publication of this proposed submission version, there is a further opportunity to make representations. The document will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and an independent inspector appointed to conduct a public examination into the soundness of the plan, taking account of the representations made on the proposed submission version. After the inspector's report is received, the Councils will jointly consider adopting the plan, subject to any recommended changes.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document: Draft Plan Consultation

We invited comments on the Draft DPD (PDF/4MB/105 pages) and Mapbook (PDF/9.56MB/6 pages) between 10 November 2016 and 5 January 2017.  Responses to this consultation can be viewed on our consultations page.

The Draft DPD, a summary of the document (PDF/5MB/6 pages) and other associated documents (including the Site Assessment Spreadsheet, Maps, Interim Consultation Statement, Draft Sustainability Appraisal Report, Draft Habitats Regulations Report and Viability Study) can be viewed electronically on our Draft Plan supporting documents page.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document: Issues and Options Consultation

We invited comments on the Issues and Options  Discussion Paper between Friday 6 November 2015 and 5pm Friday 18 December 2015.

The relevant documents are:

Arnside & Silverdale AONB DPD: Issues and Options Discussion Paper, November 2015 (PDF/959KB/49 pages)

Maps showing sites suggested for consideration for development or protection, as follows:

Please note that there has been a correction to the boundary of site B114 - Land East of Carr Bank Road, Storth

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document: Extra Sites Consultation

Between 29 March and 3 May 2016 we invited comments on additional site suggestions submitted to us in response to the Issues and Options consultation in December 2015 (see below).

Maps showing the additional sites suggested (PDF/3.72MB/16 pages)

The comments we received can be viewed at:


Housing needs survey

As part of the plan preparation process, Cumbria Rural Housing Trust (CRHT) was commissioned in May 2014 to carry out a Housing Needs Survey in each of the parishes within the AONB. The aim of the surveys was to provide evidence of housing need at parish level to supplement district-wide housing information already held by us and Lancaster City Council. The evidence in the survey reports will be used to help us understand the particular housing needs in the AONB, and to contribute to an objective assessment of need for market and affordable housing in the AONB over the 15 year period of the Plan. The survey reports are designed to provide evidence to inform the development of the DPD by:

  • establishing the need for affordable housing in each parish
  • calculating the number, type and tenure of affordable dwellings needed
  • capturing the desires of those in local need within the parish

The survey findings will also help to inform policy for future development in the AONB and will provide evidence of need for future planning applications. Evidence from individual parishes has been compiled into a summary report for the whole AONB. The published survey reports can be found below. 

N.B. Property price information contained in the Housing Needs reports is obtained from the Land Registry, which records the actual selling prices of housing in the AONB.