4. How we make decisions

This class consists of information about the way in which the Authority conducts its work.

Web links

Document links

Links to documents are included in the web links above.

Background

Authority staff and Members meet regularly to discuss issues. For more details, including published agendas, past minutes and associated papers, please click the links on the committee web page.

Conservation areas

Local planning authorities such as the Lake District National Park Authority can designate new conservation areas and review existing conservation areas and boundaries. Legally we must formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the Conservation Areas. Also we must consider whether further historic areas need conservation area designation. We are encouraged to use controls such as Article 4 Directions (implications of living in a conservation area) to prevent the loss of historic features.

General planning decisions

Any building or restoration has a huge effect on the Lake District National Park. We have to balance the demands of sustaining a prosperous economy and vibrant communities with the needs of the spectacular landscape.

You can use the web pages showing recent planning applications, decisions and appeals to check the progress of a recent planning application or view an existing planning application lodged with us.

Consultations

The Lake District National Park Authority is fully committed to consulting with the public on as wide a basis as possible. There are some consultation groups already in place with public representatives, for example the Windermere Lake User Forum and the Local Access Forum. Additionally the Authority will encourage public consultation on ad-hoc initiatives or development of new strategies. These will be publicised on the website, and in local media as appropriate.