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The following section includes thematic maps relating to a variety of spatial topics in Lancashire, together with links to articles on the County Profile or service specific areas of the Lancashire county council website. See the Contents Pane to the right of this screen to navigate to brief overview of topics. A download button is also provided to enable a full version of each map to open in a seperate window
Within the broader 14-authority Lancashire area, there are 12 district councils within the Lancashire County Council administrative area, and two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool Councils.
Details of settlements throughout Lancashire may be downloaded below, these are listed alphabetically by local district council.
See also the Environment and conservation thematic maps which cover additional themes such as location of designated green belts.
Local Authorities in Lancashire
Within the broader 14-authority Lancashire area, there are 12 district councils within the Lancashire County Council administrative area, and two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool.
Click here to read more about the different tiers of local authority and their functions.
Additional spatial information is available on MARIO; Maps & Related Information Online
Spatial Context: GB Overview
The Lancashire sub-region is located in the North West of England. The present-day administrative County is smaller than the historic Shire County of Lancashire, as a result of the re-organisation of local authorities in the 1970s and the late 1990s. Administrative areas within the Lancashire sub-region include the 12 district Lancashire County Council area and the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and Blackpool Council.
Spatial Context: English Regions
Details of regional population: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Population+Projections
Spatial Context: NW Region
Spatial Portrait of Lancashire
Towns and Settlements Location Map
This map shows the main towns and settlements in each local district authority. There are around 350 settlements in the wider 14-authority area of Lancashire. Just 2 of these settlements are classed as cities - Lancaster and Preston.
See also the thematic map of postcode sectors and boundaries for locations of smaller settlements.
Urban and Rural Areas of Lancashire - LSOAs
Urban and Rural Areas of Lancashire - MSOAs
The Assisted Areas for 2014 to 2020 were finalised in May 2014. The process of allocating those areas for the targeting of regional aid towards the industrial heartlands and urban regeneration involved the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in a period of consultation with local authorities and enterprise partmerships. The areas in the 'a' category and the sparsely populated 'c' category, which receive higher rates of subsidy, were predefined, and the remainder which are to be assisted up to a maximum coverage by just over 27% of the population, as set by the European Commission, were selected by the Department. Lancashire has 79 wards in the standard 'c' category, receiving subsidies of 10% for large enterprises, 20% for medium enterprises and 30% for small enterprises. The rates for the sparsely populated 'c' areas (shown in blue on the national map) are 15%, 25% and 35% and for the 'a' areas are 25%, 35% and 45% respectively.
The reports and lists of assisted areas are available from www.gov.uk
Postcode areas and sector boundaries
Post code areas and sector boundaries are not contiguous with Lancashire local authority boundaries: Liverpool postcodes cover over half of West Lancashire district ; parts of Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen, and Rossendale have Wigan, Bolton or Oldham postcodes. A few areas in Pennine Lancashire are zoned with Bradford and the eastern boundary of the county slightly overlaps the Halifax area but only very small unpopulated upland areas are affected.
More information on purchase uk postcodes and purchase of licenses is available from www.postcodeaddressfile.co.uk/