The Boundary Commission for England has published its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies. You can find further information https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/
The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Lancaster City Council.
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.
We also aim to ensure that the ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.
To achieve these aims, we need to re-draw ward boundaries across Lancaster. You can find out more about the review below.
|Date from:||Date to:|
|Consultation on warding arrangements||23 February 2021||12 July 2021|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||05 October 2021||13 December 2021|
|Final recommendations published||15 March 2022|
The Commission has identified that, due to an administrative error, some stakeholders were not made aware of the launch of the warding consultation in February. Therefore, this consultation period has been extended for a further 10 weeks, to give everyone in Lancaster the chance to have their say and to propose new council wards and ward boundaries for Lancaster City Council.
We apologise for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.
This consultation will now close on 12 July 2021.
After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation, we intend to publish draft recommendations in September 2021.
We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in January 2022.
The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2023.
For full details of the review, please see the tabs below.
From 23 February to 12 July 2021, we are accepting opinions and comments (submissions) from the public on where you believe ward boundaries should be in Lancaster City Council.
The Commission is minded to recommend that Lancaster City Council should have 60 councillors in the future. This is no change from the current number of councillors.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Lancaster to help it to produce new wards boundaries to accommodate 60 councillors.
For more information, see our:
- News release
- Letter to the Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council
- Electoral figures
- Promotional posters  
- Lancaster polling district map (Please note, polling district mapping data has been supplied by Lancaster City Council and may contain boundary errors.)
To view an interactive map of the existing warding boundaries, visit our consultation area. You can search by area or postcode, and have your say. A non-interactive image of the current ward boundaries is also available.
You can make a submission to the Lancaster electoral review:
- through our consultation area,
- by e-mailing [email protected], or
- writing to the following address:
Review Officer (Lancaster)
PO Box 133
Information on how reviews work is available on our How Reviews Work Page.
For a quick guide on how to propose a pattern of wards click here.
You may also wish to read our document Electoral Reviews: Technical Guidance, which contains guidance on the review process and information on the legislation reviews are carried out under.
As part of the initial stages of the review, we consulted with Lancaster City Council on the most appropriate number of councillors to be elected to the council in future.
We received one submission on council size:
The Commission is minded to recommend that 60 councillors should serve Lancaster City Council in the future. This is no change from the current number of councillors.
Recommendations become law
The Lancaster (Electoral Changes) Order 2014, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Lancaster, was made on 27 February 2014 and was published 4 March 2014). New ward/division arrangements for Lancaster have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in 2015.
The order for Lancaster can be viewed on the link below:
Draft order laid in Parliament
On 17 December 2013 the Lancaster (Electoral Changes) Order 2014 was laid in draft in Parliament.
The draft order if made would give effect to the final recommendations that were consulted on during the Local Government Boundary Commission for England's review of electoral arrangements in Lancaster and published on 22 October 2013.
The draft order will be laid in Parliament for a period of 40 sitting days. Parliament can either accept or reject our recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next scheduled elections for Lancaster in 2015.
To view the draft order please visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/ukdsi/2014/9780111106952
The draft order refers to a map. The map comprises the following sheets:
On 22 October 2013 we published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Lancaster City Council. The report is available in the link below.
- Final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements for Lancaster City Council (PDF)
An overview map of the final recommendations (PDF) is available. To interact with the final recommendations mapping click on the image below to visit our consultation area. You can view both the existing and proposed boundaries and search by area or postcode.
We have now completed our electoral review of Lancaster City Council. The changes we have proposed must be approved by parliament. A draft Order - the legal document which brings into force our recommendations will be laid before parliament. The draft Order will provide for new electoral arrangements for the council to be implemented at the local elections in 2015.
We would like to invite you to participate in our online survey. The survey seeks feedback on the review processes and procedures, in order to identify improvements that can be made. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the opinion survey.
On 4 June 2013 the Commission began further limited consultation in Lancaster. At its meeting on 21 May 2013 the Commission decided to undertake further consultation in response to the views put forward during the consultation on its draft recommendations. The Commission proposes to make significant changes to the plans it put forward last year and residents are invited to have their say.
Consultation closed on 15 July 2013
The limited consultation focused on areas of Lancaster City where the Commission proposed to alter its draft recommendations for new ward boundaries.
- Harbour, Heysham Central and Heysham North (Morecambe and Heysham area). View a map of the draft recommendations (pdf) and a map of the revised proposals (pdf).
- Bolton & Slyne, Carnforth & Millhead, Silverdale and Warton (north-west area). View a map of the draft recommendations (pdf) and a map of the revised proposals (pdf).
Representations must be submitted to the Commission by 15 July 2013
On 22 January 2013 we published our draft recommendations for the further electoral review (FER) of Lancaster City Council. Between 22 January 2013 and 18 March 2013 we invited comments on our draft recommendations.
Consultation closed on 18 March 2013.
Political groups and councillors
Parish and town councils
- Draft recommendations report for Lancaster City Council (PDF)
- Summary of the report (PDF)
- News release on draft recommendations for Lancaster
- Letter sent to the Chief Executive of Lancaster Council (PDF)
An overview map of the draft recommendations (PDF) is available.
Following preliminary discussions with Lancaster Council, on 24 July 2012 we started a period of information gathering for new ward arrangements. Between 24 July and 15 October, we invited local people and other interested parties to provide information on new warding arrangements for the authority. We were especially looking for information on communities within Lancaster, how people relate to and interact with them and how this may relate to any new ward boundaries.
Consultation closed on 15 October 2012.
Below are the submissions we received:
Parish & town councils
This review was carried out by the Local Government Commission for England (LGCE), and started on 7 September 1999.
Final report (PDF), published on 5 September 2000
Map 1 Existing wards in Lancaster; (PDF)
Map 2 The Commission's final recommendations for Lancaster; (PDF)
Map A1 Final recommendations for Lancaster: Key map; (PDF)
Map A2 Proposed warding of Carnforth Town; (PDF)
Large map (6.8 Mb) illustrating the proposed ward boundaries for Lancaster and Morecambe. This may take some time to download; (PDF)
Draft report (PDF), published on 4 April 2000