Local Plan Review

The Local Plan review is your opportunity to help shape the Lake District as an inspirational example of sustainable development in action. With the Lake District National Park’s new World Heritage status, we want more than ever to protect this exceptional place, and our Local Plan consultation is your chance to get involved.

What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan is a set of policies used to inform decisions on planning applications and appeals, and a local planning authority should review its Local Plan at regular intervals to assess whether some or all of it may need updating. Local Plans are generally reviewed every five years and we’re currently in the process of reviewing the Lake District National Park’s Local Plan.

A timeline of the local plan process

Timeline of the Local Plan - click to see larger image

What is our role?

We’re the local planning authority for the whole of the Lake District National Park and we have a statutory responsibility to keep up-to-date local development documents, and to decide on planning applications in the area.

To get this right, we need to consult and engage with you at the right times and in the right ways, so that you understand and support the plans and policies.

An overview of the Local Plan review

During each review, a consultation phase takes place, during which local communities give their feedback to the current Local Plan. Based on the feedback shared, evidence reports are formed and new policies are developed.

When speaking with local businesses and communities it became clear that, at times, there can be a misunderstanding about the way we manage development in the Lake District National Park. So, we’ve created a series of short films, in which we address the questions you have raised.

If you’d like to delve further into the evidence reports which were developed during the initial consultation phase of this Review then take a read of Local Plan Review: The story so far. You can find out more about:

  • The Local Plan Consultation Phase
  • Draft strategic objectives
  • Consultation Phase: Evidence Reports
  • Landscape Capacity Study 2017
  • Sustainability Appraisal Report
  • Call for sites
  • Vision and objectives
  • What the current local plan includes

What's next?

The next phase of the Local Plan review will be for the suggested policy options to be put out to public consultation, which will happen in May and June 2018. It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right.

For further information please contact us at localplan@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Look out for our policy options open for public consultation in May and June 2018.