Development within existing villages
There are a number of villages situated within the open countryside with tightly constrained and defined boundaries. Development within the following villages, identified as AD1 (b) on the Policies Map, will need to be in accordance with Policy AD1 (b):
- Lea Town
Whilst the villages vary in size and range of services, none are identified in the Central Lancashire Core Strategy as Rural Local Service Centres, and therefore no significant growth aspirations exist for these villages.
Central Lancashire Core Strategy
In accordance with Central Lancashire Core Strategy Policy 1 (f), development within villages should typically be small-scale, infill, conversion of buildings and proposals to meet a local need.
Limiting the scale of development within these villages serves to abide by the principles of sustainable development.
Central Lancashire Core Strategy Policy 1 establishes a hierarchy of settlements within the Central Lancashire area based on size, accessibility, and range of services available. Villages appear at the bottom of this hierarchy as they are often small, are not situated in the most sustainable locations and cannot offer a wide range of services to residents.
Development proposals in compliance with Central Lancashire Core Strategy Policy 1 (f) will then be subject to the provisions of Policy AD1 (b). This is to ensure that where small-scale development is proposed in villages, it can only be considered acceptable when consideration is given to the relative impact on the village and its residents.