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Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD Examination

On Wednesday 28 February 2018, jointly with Lancaster City Council, we submitted the Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) for Examination. An independent Inspector was appointed to examine the DPD for legal compliance and soundness. Hearing sessions took place between 19 and 21 June.

The Programme Officer for the joint examination is Miss Kerry Trueman. The role of the Programme Officer is to assist the Inspector with the conduct of the examination. The Programme Officer is independent of the council and works for the Inspector.

For all AONB DPD examination matters the Programme Officer should be contacted using the details below:

Consultation on Main Modifications (October 2018)

Note: This consultation is separate from the Draft AONB Management Plan consultation currently being run by the Arnside and Silverdale AONB Partnership.

Following the completion of the Hearing Sessions, we have now published for consultation a schedule of Main Modifications to the AONB DPD. The Inspector considers that modifications are necessary in order for the AONB DPD to be found 'sound'. We have also published a schedule of Minor Modifications including typographical corrections, factual corrections and updates to the Policies Map - Inset Map Book.

For reference we have prepared a track change version of the AONB DPD incorporating the main and minor modifications.

Alongside the schedules, we have also prepared and Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to re-assess some of the policies within the AONB DPD that are subject to modification.

In light of the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning Article 6 (3) of the Habitats Directive and to take account of the main modifications, it has also been necessary to carry out further work to the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).

Making comments

Comments are invited on the above documents between 25 October and 6 December 2018.

Comments should relate to the schedule of Main Modifications, the SA Addendum and the HRA, and, when referring to the schedule, should quote the relevant modification reference e.g. MM1_AONB.

Any comments received that do not relate to these documents will not be considered as part of the examination and registered as such.

Comments may also be made on the schedule of Minor Modifications, however, unlike the main modifications these are not subject to examination.

Please note that late representations cannot be taken into consideration by the Inspector of the councils.

We are required to publish a name and organisation (if applicable) alongside each response and therefore responses cannot be treated as confidential. Other personal information, if provided, will not be made publicly available.

Hard copies of the documents are also available in our consultation folders at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DQ
  • Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe, LA4 5AF
  • Arnside & Silverdale AONB Offices, The Old Station Building, Arnside, LA5 0HG
  • Libraries in Arnside, Carnforth, Kendal, Milnthorpe and Silverdale.

We encourage people to respond online, however comments are still accepted by email or post via the addresses below:

Documents from earlier stages in the Examination, including the SA report and previous HRA, are available via the Examination Library (PDF/552KB/47 pages).

By responding to the consultation, you agree to your contact data being held for Local Plan consultation purposes. You have the right to withdraw this consent at any time by contacting us using the details below.

Next steps

All comments relating to the Main Modifications to the AONB DPD, the SA Addendum and the updated HRA will be submitted to the Inspector. The Inspector will consider all the comments received and decide whether any further hearings are required and if any issues need to be revisited. The Inspector will then present his final conclusion in a report. If the report concludes that the DPD is ‘sound’, the councils can proceed to adopt the DPD, subject to making the Modifications identified.