Context to Suggested Objection 12

Arnside and Silverdale AONB straddles the South Lakeland District Council and Lancaster City Council areas.

These Councils took a deliberate decision to remove the Arnside and Silverdale AONB from their Local Plan processes. Instead, they jointly adopted a separate Development Plan Document (DPD) specifically aimed at meeting the special qualities and unique needs of the Arnside and Silverdale AONB.

The DPD identifies sites for new housing and employment which directly meet objectively assessed local community needs and sets out robust planning policies to ensure that all development also respects the special qualities of Arnside and Silverdale AONB.

Key to the Arnside and Silverdale approach are –

• Giving priority to small sites, predominantly less than 0.5ha in size – limiting environmental damage to the AONB

• A 50% affordable housing requirement – meeting local housing need