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In brief

The City of Lancaster is a local government district of Lancashire, England, with the status of a city and non-metropolitan district. It is named after its largest settlement, Lancaster, but covers a far larger area, which includes the towns of Morecambe, Heysham, and Carnforth, as well as outlying villages, farms, rural hinterland and (since 1 August 2016) a section of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The district has a population of 146,038 (mid-2019 est.), and an area of 222.5 square miles (576.2 km2).

The current city boundaries were set as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, and cover an amalgamation of five former local government districts—the municipal boroughs of Lancaster and Morecambe and Heysham, together with the Carnforth Urban District and rural districts of Lancaster and Lunesdale, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

What to expect

Housing Delivery Test

No action required within the 2021 Housing Delivery Test.

Up-To-Date Local Plan

Part One Strategic Policies and Land Allocations DPD and Part Two Development Management DPD

Customer Service

Customer service at Lancaster is good with administration and officers maintaining communication through the planning process.

Decision Making Behaviour

Decision making behaviour is pragmatic and well throught through with a desire to grant consent for the schemes we have been involved in.

Article 4 Directions

In this area Article 4 is limited to the following conservation areas

Bath Mill Conservation Area
Lancaster Conservation Area
Glasson Dock Conservation Area
Heysham Conservation Area
Westfield Memorial Village Conservation Area
Morecambe Conservation Area

There is an Article 4 Direction controlling Class L (House to HMO) within the following areas:

Lancaster wards of Bulk, Castle, John O’Gaunt, Marsh, Scotforth East, Scotforth West, Skerton East, Skerton West and the village of Galgate.

Nitrate Effected Areas


Last Decision’s

  • 73 Sandylands Promenade Morecombe – Conversion and extension from Class C1 Guest House to 7 Serviced Accommodation Units

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