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CLOUD meeting advises on how to comment on Local Plan - Deadline is 6 April


Proposed area of growth for Bailrigg Garden Village
Proposed area of growth for Bailrigg Garden Village (click to enlarge)
Chris Satori

A packed General Meeting of CLOUD on Tuesday 20 March stressed the need for people to respond to Lancaster City Council's Local Plan by 6 April 2018. Worried residents expressed a range of concerns, with flooding and air quality topping the list.

People attending received guidance notes on how to respond, copies of Ch 12 (Bailrigg Garden Village) of the Local Plan and the map of Bailrigg Garden village.

As you’ll have seen from the CLOUD Newsbriefs and the local media, Lancaster City Council voted on 20th December 2017 to adopt the Local Plan, including the development of Bailrigg Garden Village (BGV).  CLOUD argue that the plan for 5,000 new homes in South Lancaster is an extreme development, unprecedented in its size (see our previous report for more details).

The image (from the City Council website) shows the proposed building area stretching across the countryside on both sides of the A6 and outwards, spreading the city's built environment out from Scotforth and Hala, beyond Galgate to the University. 

CLOUD are concerned that the current problems of the area, which include severe annual flooding, traffic congestion and lack of amenity, have been made worse by a historical tendency to develop without due concern from the regulatory bodies for infrastructure and climate change, and that this tendency could be catastrophic in a development on this scale.

Your comments and objections submitted before 6 April will be examined by an independent Planning Inspector, appointed by central government.  The Inspector will be independent of Lancaster City Council and will decide whether the Plan is legally compliant and sound.

You can find out more about the Local Plan and submit your comments online via the Local Plan section of the City Council's website at

You can also email them to, or post them to Regeneration & Planning, Planning & Housing Policy Team, Lancaster City Council, PO Box 4, Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1JP.

Extract from Local Plan Chapter 12 Bailrigg Garden Village

CLOUD notes on how to respond are available in this PDF