“The Neighbourhood Planning group are all local people from Slyne with Hest who have been working on behalf of the Parish Council to produce a document to protect the future of our village. This is a legal document which will give some protection in law to the views of residents.
The Plan’s vision is to safeguard the individual character, vitality and community facilities of our historic village and protect its rural environment, whilst still supporting sustainable development that will meet the needs of residents now and in the future.”
Cllr. Stewart Scothern, Chairman of Slyne with Hest Parish Council
The Parish Council began discussing the idea of writing a Neighbourhood Plan in 2014. This was in response to many significant planning issues; the forthcoming Lancaster District Local Plan and the new link road, possible erosion of the Green Belt and potential for urban sprawl. The Parish Council wished to positively influence future developments by listening to local people and involving them in determining what changes there will be to the Parish over the years to come. Once a group was established and a Neighbourhood Plan area was designated, Lancaster City Council designated the area to the south of the Bay Gateway as part of its strategic housing plan. This took part of the parish outside of the scope of the Slyne with Hest Neighbourhood Plan.
It’s going to be a plan of what we, the villagers, want Slyne with Hest to be like between now and 2031. It’s about planning. There is a lot of pressure to build more and more houses in the country at large and that includes our area. We want to have a say in how many and where they might be built. It's about other planning issues too, but nothing as important as new housing.
There have already been court cases in this country where towns and villages have opposed indiscriminate housing development in court. Judges have ruled against developers because of opinions expressed in Neighbourhood Plans. We want this protection too.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. It is part of the government’s Localism Act.
It gives residents the power to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area. A neighbourhood plan should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development A neighbourhood plan must address the development and use of land. This is because if successful at examination and referendum the neighbourhood plan will become part of the statutory development plan once it has been brought into legal force by the planning authority. More info available here.
The historic parish of Slyne with Hest is located on the shore of Morecambe Bay and enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the Lake District hills. The village bounded on three sides by fields, is a vibrant community, a place where people feel involved, safe and have traditionally put down roots. It is a great place to bring up a family, live, work and grow old.
The Parish Council will support measured, proportionate, timely and sustainable development to meet the requirements of existing and future residents. Our plan will protect the environment, its green spaces and wild life habitats for generations to come.
• To ensure any new residential development is sensitive to the character of the parish, is of high quality, affordable, needs led and provides sufficient parking.
• To ensure the scale of any development is proportional to the size of the existing village and does not compromise its geographic independence.
• To ensure any business development is carefully sited and sensitively designed. New enterprises will reflect the character and meet the needs of the parish.
• To protect, enhance and improve the natural environment and maintain access for all.
• To protect and enhance our local heritage and conservation areas, including historic buildings and their settings, monuments, canal and shoreline with its unrivalled views.
• To maintain and improve the communal and recreational facilities in the parish ensuring they are appropriate to the needs and requirements of all who reside in or visit the parish, and make the parish a safer place to walk and cycle.
Policy 1. Local housing need – three key areas were considered; age of population, available housing and affordability. We concluded that new developments would only be supported where they contributed to the identified needs of the parish and wishes of residents in consultation exercises.
Policy 2. Sites for new development – the NP seeks to allow some small scale new development within the Green Belt. It is detailed rationale for the development of land west of Sea View Drive. It provides specific criteria to developers about what could be built i.e. true bungalows which is in line with residents’ needs.
Policy 3. Sites for possible housing development in the future – this policy examined all the potential sites for housing development in the lifetime of the plan.
Policy 4. Building materials – this policy outlines the predominate styles of existing housing and is intended to give guidance to future developments.
Policy 5. Flooding – this policy lays out all the areas in the parish that are subject to flooding, seeking to safeguard existing dwellings from future development which could worsen the issue.
Policy 6. Business development – this is a general policy which supports new and existing businesses with consideration of design, parking and their potential increased traffic.
Policy 7. Views – the importance of maintaining views within and beyond the village over Morecambe Bay and other long distance views in the parish.
Policy 8. The coastline and development - a policy to restrict and prevent major alterations to the land between the sea and the West Coast mainline.
Policy 9. Parish heritage - to protect the unique non–designated heritage sites and assets within the village.
Policy 10. Signs and footpaths – any future developers must work with the Parish Council to provide additional and maintain existing signage. Plus, information boards that identify local and national footpaths, canal towpath, cycle tracks and bridleways to increase awareness and usage.
Policy 11. Community facilities – this policy encourages and supports the building and development of multi-use modern community facilities within the parish.
Policy 12. Recreational facilities - this policy supports improvements to existing & future indoor and outdoor facilities in the Parish, including play, sports and the groups that will run them.
Policy 13. Road safety - recognising that any new development will increase traffic numbers. This policy aims to improve and resolve the identified road safety issues within the village.
The statements above are summaries of the policies, for full details and the background and rationale of each policy, you must read the full plan. Here's how;
1. You can access the Full Plan on line here
2. Printed copies will be available in the Memorial Hall and to borrow, just ring 01524 824281 or 01524 822290 and a copy will be delivered to your address
3. Attend a drop-in session at the Community Coffee Morning on Saturday 7th September in the Memorial Hall
If we say “No” to any house building or development, the decision will be taken out of our hands. Developers and planners will decide the future of our countryside. We do have an obligation to build houses for the next generation. National house building companies currently hold options on several areas of land in our Parish. With a Neighbourhood Plan we can control development in our Parish to some extent.
The Parish Council invite all members of the community to have their say on these policies. This is, however, not the full plan. Your comments count, we invite you to read the full plan and to give comments at the end of this document. Residents, business owners and stakeholders in the Parish are encouraged to comment, so that we can ensure the policies reflects all views.
This is your plan that will influence the future of your village. This six-week consultation runs between the 2nd September and 14th October, it is your chance to comment before the plan is finalised and formally submitted to Lancaster City Council. All views will be considered, and comments received will help refine the Plan before it moves forward.
We will publish a summary of comments made once the consultation has closed on the 14th October. This will show postal codes but will NOT show your name and your data will be stored securely and will not be shared with anyone else. For your representation to be considered your postcode is needed, so that we know where respondents are from. The consultation opens on the 2nd September and closes on the 14th October 2019.
After all consultations, have been completed the plan will be submitted before a government inspector appointed to review the plan. If the plan is passed, a referendum will be held in the Parish and residents will be asked to vote for or against the Plan. If approved, it will be formally adopted as part of Lancaster’s District Development Plan and carry statutory force.
We want to hear from you. Tell us what you think of the plans’ policies, so that changes can be made before it is put to the community in a referendum later in 2019.
You must read the full plan available here or borrow a copy. Please return your comments/questions to us by 14th October 2019 when the consultation closes.
Do you have any comments or questions about the plan? Please provide your postcode so we can track where responses are coming from. If you would like someone to contact you to discuss your comments/questions, remember to provide your contact details.
Reference the paragraph and page number of the full plan, to which your comment/question refers.
Provide feedback using the form on distributed leaflets or by using this form.