Rough Fell sheep copyright Andrea Hills

Local communities

Working closely with local communities in the National Park is vital. Here's how we do it:

Funding

Community support is available through the Lake District Communities Fund.

Rangers

Park Management Rangers

These Rangers work with residents, businesses, community groups, land owners and farmers. They are the first point of contact for:

  • new local initiatives or community projects
  • the Lake District Communities Fund
  • access and recreation enquiries
  • more information about any aspect of the LDNPA's work

They also work with other partners to deliver larger scale projects, such as valley planning and projects such as Rusland Horizons (opens in new window).

Field Rangers

This team deals with local Rights of Way issues. They have a practical role in managing public access and our properties, including footpaths, gates, signs and bridges. They liaise and work with local communities, groups and Parish Councils.

Find out more on Rangers.

Planning

Communities help develop planning policy, their own Community or Neighbourhood Plans and get involved in planning applications. They may be involved as an individual, through a group, an organisation or as a member of an elected body like a parish council.

Development Management

Our Development Management team works with residents, local businesses, parish and town councils and community groups to offer a proactive planning service. Together we try to ensure significant new development:

  • fulfils its intended purpose
  • is in accordance with local and national policy
  • offers the best solution for its location within a National Park setting.

New Local Housing schemes, some of which include modern or iconic design schemes are examples of this. Our planning for town and parish councils page has more details about how the process works.

Our compliance planners work closely with communities and individuals to identify and resolve breaches of planning control.

Strategy and Partnership

This team co-ordinates and supports the Lake District National Park Partnership. It is heavily engaged through its Strategy Advisors in leading on strategy development across the full range of Authority activities from the Historic Environment and current planning policy; through biodiversity, ecosystems and land management; to access, recreation and tourism, as well as leading on the application for World Heritage status. It also provides advice on community-led plans such as Neighbourhood Plans.

Our Statement of Community Involvement (PDF) explains how the public can get involved.

Other LDNPA teams

Other staff who work with our communities include:

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre

Working with local businesses and education providers.

Communications and Learning

Working with local interest groups and schools to promote awareness of the national park.

Coniston Boating Centre

Working with local businesses.

Property team

Managing the variety of our properties, including car parks, information centres, woodlands.

Lake District National Park Partnership

Find out more in Lake District National Park Partnership and local communities.