Vibrant communities pulling together are a powerful force, and us working closely with those communities in the National Park is crucial. From individuals, to groups and businesses, there are many inspiring examples of communities collaborating and innovating, all across the Lake District.
In this short film we visit Ennerdale, Threlkeld and Matterdale to hear about the importance and impact of new village facilities, plus a Neighbourhood plan set out to help with developments in its own parish.
“One of the things the village didn’t have was a community centre so that was one of the key things wanted from the village. A café was secondary, and a visitor information centre was important as well. So, the plans were put in place to provide those facilities, and it’s grown in to what we have now.”Bob Dean, Treasurer, Ennerdale Hub.
“The old hall was very loved by the community, but it was in need of a regeneration. The National Park helped to develop the plans and worked with the community to develop this completely new model for the village hall.”Emma Moody, Secretary, Threlkeld Young People.
“I wouldn’t say that the planning policies weren’t working, they just didn’t seem to fit. We felt that we wanted to encourage more local occupancy, and so that was why the local community were very keen for the neighbourhood plan.”Tyrone Castles, Chairman, Matterdale Parish Council.
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.