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Planning the Future: Council Calls for Public Help

Author: 
John Freeman
Lancaster City Council has put out an appeal to local people to help shape the future development of the district.

You can help decide which sites should be used for future housing, retail and employment, which areas of the district should be protected from future development and the main tests that the council should take into account when deciding whether to grant planning permission for new development.

The ‘Call for Sites’ is the first stage of the process and by telling the council about land which you would like to see identified for new uses, you can influence the future allocation of land across the district.

Submitted sites will be assessed for their suitability and the most appropriate sites will be taken forward for wider consultation during 2011.

This information will build on work undertaken in the summer of 2008 when prospective housing sites were submitted to the council for consideration as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, which issued its first report in March last year (PDF Link).

Unless circumstances have changed there is no need to re-submit information on the sites already listed.

“This really is an exciting time for the district," feels Coun Eileen Blamire, chair of the council’s planning committee, "representing a real opportunity to shape the area we live in for both ourselves and future generations.

"This is one of the first stages in this process and is an opportunity for local people to tell us about land which they think should be identified for new uses”.

• You can suggest sites up until 28 January 2011.  Anyone wishing to suggest a site can do so by visiting www.lancaster.gov.uk/ldf.  For further information contact Rebecca Richards on 01524 582591 or email: planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk. The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment can be fund at www.lancaster.gov.uk/shlaa
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