Local Plan Review

Thank you to everyone who took part to help `Shape the Lakes' through our Local Plan consultation between 8 May and 29 June 2018. We were pleased to receive a record level of response, with 2762 individual responses to the consultation, providing 4,692 comments through the consultation period. We have been successful in our objective of engaging with a representative sample of our Lake District community. Not only did the rate of response exceed expectations but we had a surge in young people getting involved, with 23 per cent of respondents being under 34 years old.

We are now underway with the significant task of reviewing what everyone has told us. Only once this has been completed will we decide which policies and site allocations require attention and what amendments are necessary.

We will publish consultation comments and what we intend to do in response to these comments in due course. However, due to the high level of response rate and the coincidental publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework that we now need to have regard to, we have revised our local plan programme timeline. The next stage is the publication phase, this involves further consultation ahead of submitting the plan to a Government Planning Inspector for examination. We expect to consult on the Publication Plan in April and May 2019 and our planned submission date to the Planning Inspector is now July 2019 (revised from April 2019). Please keep checking on the website for further updates.

During the Local Plan consultation, we held a competition for survey responders to be in with a chance of winning 1000 Lake District pounds - a local currency project that puts its profits back into community projects.  A local farmer kindly used a random number generator to make the draw and we are pleased to name James Bliss as the winner of the 1000 Lake District pounds prize. James can now enjoy spending his pounds in more than 200 shops and businesses across the Lake District.

Competition winner

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.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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
  • Where we held our consultation events