A local planning authority should review the relevance of its Local Plan at regular intervals to assess whether some or all of it may need updating. Most Local Plans are likely to require updating in whole or in part at least every five years to remain effective. We are focussing on reviewing the policies in the Core Strategy (Local Plan Part One. We will also remove the saved policies from the 1998 Local Plan but consider the relevance of their content and decide how this can be presented in the new Local Plan. It may also be necessary to consider whether more housing and employment sites need to be allocated which will initiate a review of the Allocations of Land (Local Plan Part Two).
Landscape Capacity Study 2017
The aims and objectives of the study are to assess the potential for the expansion of the 13 Rural Service Centres, the area around Kendal Fell Quarry and east of Cockermouth within the context of `best fit' with the receiving landscape. The documents provide an evidence base to inform decisions on where land may be suitable for development without adversely affecting landscape character and visual amenity.
Consultation of draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report 2017
As part of the preparation of the emerging Local Plan, the LDNPA are required to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to ensure the social, environmental and economic impacts of the plan are taken into account. This is a key tool for assessing and evaluating the effects of the Local Plan and is intended to help meet the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.
The SA will also meet the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Local Plan.
A draft Scoping Report has been produced to identify the range and level of information to be included in the SA. This forms the first stage of the sustainability appraisal process and should help ensure the SA is proportionate and relevant to the Local Plan being assessed.
In accordance with statutory regulations, the LDNPA are consulting with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency on the content of the Scoping Report. The consultation will run for a period of six weeks, from 5 April 2017 to 4pm 17 May 2017.
This is primarily a technical consultation with the above statutory bodies, however, other organisations and individuals may also submit representations.
The Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is available to view and download below:
Draft strategic objectives
We have reviewed the Strategic Objectives outlined in the Core Strategy and prepared new draft strategic objectives to support the Local Plan Review. These draft strategic objectives outline our key ambitions for the Local Plan. The Vision and Vision Outcomes were agreed by the Lake District National Park Partnership in 2006, and were reviewed as part of the preparation of the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Plan 2015-2020. The strategic objectives for the Local Plan are presented as ‘specifically this means’ in the document. The draft strategic objectives will form part of the public consultation on the draft Local Plan.
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The Local Plan is also supported by several Supplementary Planning Documents which give more detail on how some of the policies should be implemented.
The focus is on reviewing the strategic policies in the Core Strategy (Local Plan Part One), but we may also need to consider whether more housing and employment sites need to be allocated, which will initiate a review of the Allocations of Land (Local Plan Part Two). We will also use the process to remove the saved policies from the old 1998 Local Plan.
The policies will be grounded on achieving the 2030 Vision for the Lake District being “an inspirational example of sustainable development in action.” It will be a place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage.
Seek to sustain and diversify the economy; encourage new business development and support business growth, encourage innovation and support and nurture the traditional Lake District industries
World Class visitor experiences
Seek to support sustainable tourism and leisure developments which respect the landscape and reflect the identity of local surroundings and materials
Seek to encourage innovative and flexible solutions to maintain access to housing, services, education, healthcare and employment to secure the long term vibrancy of our local communities
A spectacular landscape
Seek to conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the National Park, its wildlife and cultural heritage. We will promote ecosystems services as a vital component of delivering sustainable development.
A comprehensive assessment of each Core Strategy policy has been undertaken to evaluate whether the policy needs to be revised. The outcome of this has determined that all the policies need revising to varying degrees, ranging from simple presentational issues to a more complex policy rewrite reflecting changes in circumstances and desired outcomes. The report can be viewed following the link below
We have reviewed the Local Development Scheme which was adopted in April 2016 to reflect the additional scope of the Local Plan Review including allocating more sites for development. The new Local Development Scheme, adopted August 2017, identifies the timetable for production of planning policy and supporting documents.
During the last two weeks of April 2016 we hosted an early engagement opportunity in each of the Distinctive Areas with representatives from Parish and Town Councils with the sole purpose of improving our awareness and understanding of local issues and development pressures. Summaries of the comments are captured in the report below.
We asked Parish Councils to complete a survey on infrastructure provision within their parish. This collated information on the range of infrastructure provision available, and identified any deficits in provision (physical, social and green infrastructure).
In autumn 2016 we asked what topics and issues do you think the Local Plan should cover? We received a good response and the comments received can be viewed following the link below.
We are currently updating our evidence base which is an important part of the Review process and will take place over the next few months. A variety of work packages has been identified and the reports from these will be available in due course
Reports containing information we have completed:
The work packages we are currently progressing are as follows:
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