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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.

We have already conducted a number of public consultations, details of which are provided below. We are now launching a pre-publication consultation.

Current consultation: Pre-publication consultation (19 June - 17 July 2017)

Following consultation on a draft DPD in Winter 2016/17, we have now published for consultation an Information document (PDF/1.06MB/8 pages)  on suggestions received through consultation relating to three sites, as follows:

  1. Silverdale – proposal for part of site S50, which was previously put forward for consideration and then withdrawn, to be re-considered for residential development;
  2. Storth – proposal to extend the areas proposed for allocation on Park Road and Quarry Lane to include additional sites, including areas to be kept open;
  3. Arnside – proposal to amend the boundary of the site proposed for allocation on Hollins Lane (A8/A9) to include an alternative area for development and publicly accessible open space.

We’ve also prepared an Overview map (PDF/11MB/1page) which shows the location of each of the above sites within the AONB.

The Councils are not proposing these changes at this stage – comments received during this extra consultation will assist the Councils in deciding whether or not to make these changes in the final document, which is due for Publication in Autumn 2017.

Comments on these suggested changes only are invited between Monday 19 June 2017 and 5pm Monday 17 July 2017. These can be made by using the online consultation response facility or by completing a response form (PDF/1.64MB/6pages) (available online and from any of the locations listed below) and returning it to us by email to or post to Development Plans Manager, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4DQ.

The information document on the suggestions, as well as the overview map can also be viewed at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • Arnside & Silverdale AONB Offices, The Old Station Building Arnside, LA5 0HG
  • South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4DL
  • Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF
  • Libraries in Arnside, Carnforth, Kendal and Milnthorpe*
  • The Silverdale Hotel, Shore Road, Silverdale, LA5 0TP

*Note - Milnthrope library will be closed from 19 to 24 June 2017.

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.

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

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.