Arnside Parish Plan Trust

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Latest news  – November 2016

 Local Plan for the AONB Area – Update November 2016

On 26 October 2016 the South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) Cabinet approved two draft planning policy documents for public consultation:

· The draft Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD)
· The Arnside & Silverdale AONB DPD

Lancaster City Council, with whom SLDC are working closely on the AONB DPD, also approved this document on 9 November.

The consultation runs for 8 weeks from 10 November to 5 January 2017 and includes the required minimum 6-week period consultation prior to the Christmas/New Year period. Details of the consultation and documents can be found on the web at:



Following consultation on the Issues and Options for the DPD last year, SLDC & Lancaster City Council have now published for consultation a Draft DPD setting out the proposed sites for development or protection and planning policies for the AONB. We hope that the communities of the AONB and other key stakeholders will take part in the consultation to help inform the preparation of the final DPD.

The Draft DPD, and other associated information can be viewed on SLDCs AONB Development Plan Document webpage and at the following locations, during normal opening hours:

Arnside & Silverdale AONB , 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

Comments and suggestions are invited between Thursday 10 November 2016 and 5pm Thursday 5 January 2017. These can be made by:
Using the online consultation response facility

Completing and returning a response form, which is available online, from any of the locations listed above, at one of the participation events (see below) or on request and return it to SLDC by email or post.
Please note that the period of this consultation allows 8 weeks in which to submit your comments; a standard 6 week consultation period is set out in our Statement of Community Involvement and we have extended the consultation period on this occasion to take the Christmas break into account.

Consultation events are being held in six main communities in the AONB to enable people to ask questions and discuss the issues and options with Development Plans Officers and members of the AONB Management team.

Public Consultation Events all of which run from 2pm to 7pm

Heron Hall, Storth – Wednesday 23 November 2016
Gaskell Hall, Silverdale – Thursday 24 November 2016
Heron Theatre, Beetham – Monday 28 November 2016
Village Hall, Yealand – Wednesday 30 November 2016
Educational Institute, Arnside – Monday 5 December 2016
Village Hall, Warton – Wednesday 7 December 2016

For further information, visit the websites above or contact us:

South Lakeland District Council:


Tel 01539 793388

Development Plans Team, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4DQ

Lancaster City Council:


Tel 01524 582383

Planning and Housing Policy Team, Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF

Local Plan Decision – December 2013

On 17 December 2013, South Lakeland District Council resolved to adopt the South Lakeland Local Plan – Land Allocations as Council policy and as part of the statutory Development Plan for South Lakeland outside the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

On the 14th November 2013, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) released the much awaited final report from the government-appointed planning inspector, Simon Berkeley, into the soundness of the Local Plan – Land Allocations for South Lakeland .

The Local Plan – Land Allocations has been found to be sound subject to modifications proposed by the council during the Examination Hearings, which have been approved by the Inspector in his report. The full report can be viewed by clicking on “Inspector’s Report on the SLDC Local Plan – Nov 2013” on the right hand side of this page.

This is great news for Arnside.  Work can now start on producing a Local Plan for the AONB Area.  The inspector’s report confirms the intention to have this plan available by January 2016. A tremendous amount of work will have to be done by APPT to help meet this timescale. January 2016 seems a long way away, but with the amount of work that needs to be done by a small group of volunteers, the next two years will fly by. We hope that we will be supported in the task by Arnside Parish Council and residents of Arnside. Hopefully the plan, when available in January 2016, will make all the effort worthwhile.

Arnside Parish Plan Trust can take a great deal of credit for helping to achieve this outcome from the inspector’s inquiry. Our thanks to APPT trustees who worked on this and to Chris Milne, whose input and help was invaluable.

Extracts from the  inspector’s report 14/11/2013

Below are extracts from the report which are relevant the Arnside & Silverdale AONB:

The Arnside and Silverdale AONB

(Arnside, Storth and Sandside)

213. The NNPF says that AONBs have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. As such, in the AONB, the weight to be given to environmental considerations when balancing them against social and economic issues should be greater than elsewhere.

214. However, in allocating sites for housing, the Plan as originally submitted is based on the uniform application of the aforementioned exclusion criteria. As such, sites below 0.3 hectares have not been considered. But in the context of its status of protection, consideration of smaller sites in the AONB amounts to a reasonable alternative. Indeed, it seems to me that smaller sites would be more likely to ensure that the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB is protected in the way envisaged by the NPPF.

215. Moreover, some of the sites proposed for allocation add to my misgivings. At the hearing session, the Council confirmed that the land proposed to be allocated for housing at Station Road (RN337#), Hollins Lane (RN225-mod) and Redhills Road (R81) is considered to currently perform a greenspace function. I am told that the Council judges these sites to have amenity value, in that they contribute positively to the character and appearance of the settlement and thus of the AONB, to some degree. From my site visits, I concur with that analysis.

216. Overall, in the context of the policy protection applying to the AONB, the combination of discounting smaller sites from the site selection process and the visual contribution made by some of the sites chosen for allocation, I consider the proposed housing sites in the AONB to be unsound.

217. To address this, the Council has given consideration to a number of alternative options, set out in a letter [Ex057]. In effect, the proposed way forward is to modify the Plan so that rather than allocating land in the AONB it introduces a commitment to produce a new AONB Local Plan jointly with Lancaster City Council. This is set out in a number of modifications put forward by the Council (MM67 to MM71). Many other alterations to the Plan are needed in the light of these, including the deletion of settlement boundaries and land allocations. But they are consequential changes resulting from introducing the new approach, and I have therefore not included them in the Appendix.

218. From all of this, I accept the proposed solution to be the most appropriate. Crucially, it has been agreed with Lancaster City Council. Both planning authorities have committed to producing the AONB Local Plan in their Local Development Schemes [Ex060 and Ex107] and in a Statement of Common Ground [Ex090]. Also importantly, this option has the clear backing of local groups, notably the AONB Management Unit and Parish Councils. That such groups are to be actively involved in the preparation of the plan is another good reason to support it.

219. I recognise that the effect of producing a separate plan for the AONB will be to delay housing delivery in that area. But, in my view, delaying the progress of the district-wide land allocations DPD would be an inevitable outcome of the reasonable alternatives. I consider this to be a greater disadvantage.

220. The Council envisages the new AONB Local Plan being adopted in January 2016. This is not soon. However, given the degree of partnership working and cooperation involved, and the Council’s other plan-making commitments, an earlier adoption date would likely be unrealistic. In this context, I consider that the Plan, as proposed by the Council to be modified, should be regarded as sound in this respect.

The following is an extract from the appendix to the report and describes what topics the plan will cover.

The AONB Local Plan will be shaped by the strategic framework and will address the following issues

  • Review of settlement boundaries
  • Delivery of sites to accommodate around 123 dwellings on the South Lakeland side by 2025
  • The identification of sites for new employment;
  • Cross linkages with AONB Management Plan;
  • Landscape and Building design;
  • Important features and characteristics to be retained/enhanced;
  • Areas in need of improvement;
  • Biodiversity enhancement/nature improvement areas;
  • New visitor facilities;
  • Car parking and traffic management;
  • Strategic pedestrian and cycle networks

Please email enquiries@arnsideparishplantrust.org  if you have a view on these issues.


How can you help? 

The main thing you can do is to support what APPT is doing.

Please keep up to date with developments and speak up firmly and clearly when the consultations take place for the new AONB Local Plan. It is your opportunity to shape the community in which you would like to live, so please use it.

We are very pleased with what APPT has achieved so far, and with your help, there is still more to be done!

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