Decision details

South Lakeland Local Plan Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) and Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty DPD Inspector's Report and Adoption

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


This report seeks Council resolution to adopt the Development Management Policies DPD and Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD as part of South Lakeland's Local Plan.


Note – Councillor Roger Bingham declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business by virtue of the fact that he was he was a member of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Landscape Trust.  He remained in the Chamber and took part in the discussion and voting on the item.


Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Housing, People and Innovation Portfolio Holder, presented a report seeking a Council resolution to complete the current Local Plan for the District (outside national parks) by adopting the final two elements, the Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DM DPD) and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document (AONB DPD).  These would join the Core Strategy, Land Allocations, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule and adopted Neighbourhood Plans as the main elements of the District’s Local Plan.  Adoption would result in the replacement of the remaining saved policies in the old South Lakeland Local Plan (1997/2006), providing a suite of up-to-date policies, drive high quality development and provide a solid basis for the development of a future replacement plan. Each DPD had been subject to consideration by the Planning Inspectorate.  Adoption was recommended following the receipt of the Inspector’s Reports into the examination of each DPD, confirming their soundness, subject to a number of modifications, full details of which were contained within the report.


For the district as a whole (outside the National Parks), the new DPDs would help ensure the delivery of sustainable forms of new development that supported the needs of South Lakeland’s communities and contribute to the protection and enhancement of the district’s environmental qualities.  For the AONB, the DPD would ensure that new development, including new housing, would be delivered in a way that more closely reflected both local needs and the special qualities of the nationally designated landscape.


The decision before Council was whether to adopt the DPDs subject to the modifications which had been recommended by the Inspector, as detailed within the report.  The Council could not adopt the DPDs in part or make substantive modifications.  If the Council decided to adopt the DPDs, they would become Council policy and have development plan weight in determining planning applications, as well as ensuring that the Council had a robust and up-to-date local plan.


The AONB DPD had been adopted as part of the Local Plan for Lancaster District 2011-2013 by Lancaster City Council on 13 March 2019.


Subject to adoption of the DPDs by Council, there would be a six week period from the date of adoption during which a legal challenge to the decision to adopt the plans may be made.  Following a resolution to adopt the DPDs, the Council would have to publicise the decision to adopt the documents in accordance with the relevant regulations 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012).


Details with regard to the extensive consultation that had taken place in respect to the preparation of both DPDs were included within the report.


In moving the recommendations contained within the report, Councillor Brook publically recognised the huge amount of work carried out by officers in this complex piece of work and acknowledged the contribution made by local councillors, communities and partner organisations.  He felt that the Council had been criticised by some for its rigorous approach, however, pointed out that this was a uniquely beautiful natural environment and that it was imperative that the Council’s Development Management policies reflected the importance that the Council placed on its stewardship of this precious and limited resource across the whole area of South Lakeland.  Councillor Brook was pleased to announce that the Local Plan was now complete, adding that work would now start in earnest on the next one.


Councillor Pete McSweeney, seconding the motion, expressed thanks to officers for their work and, in particular, the Director People and Places, praising this fine example of localism at work.  He also thanked David Porter, a Senior Planning Officer at Lancaster City Council, for his part in the development of the AONB DPD.


The Chairman took the opportunity to welcome David Porter and also commended the work carried out by the Principal Development Plans Officer.


Councillor Roger Bingham expressed disappointment, suggesting that the AONB boundaries were not wide enough.  He referred to the beauty, wildlife and salt marshes bordering the AONB which had been left open to the potential for insensitive development and appealed for regard to ensure that this area was not spoilt.


Councillors Mark Wilson, Matt Severn and Chris Hogg all spoke in support of the documents, Councillor Chris Hogg also highlighting the important role of the Conservation Officer and that of his counterpart at Lancaster City Council in their production.


It was unanimously




(1)        the Development Management Policies Development Plan Document, as attached at Appendix 3 to the report, be adopted as part of the District’s Development Plan (outside the National Parks);


(2)        the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Development Plan Document, as attached at Appendix 4 to the report, be adopted as part of the District’s Development Plan (outside the National Parks); and


(3)        it be noted that the necessary measures will be undertaken to publicise adoption of the Development Plan Documents at (1) and (2) above in accordance with national legislation.

Report author: Damian Law

Publication date: 10/04/2019

Date of decision: 28/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 28/03/2019 - Council

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