Policy 02: Presumption in favour of sustainable development

What are we trying to achieve?

The Lake District National Park will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action. We will encourage and support development that is sustainable in the context of the Lake District National Park and national planning policy.

What is the issue?

At the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework is a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Policies in Local Plans should follow the approach of the presumption in favour of sustainable development so that it is clear that development which is sustainable can be approved without delay. All plans should be based upon and reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development, with clear policies that will guide how the presumption should be applied locally.

Our suggested approach

We suggest a minor tweak to the adopted policy by deleting the reference to ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ in the policy title.

The Vision for the Lake District National Park is an expression of what sustainable development looks like in our locally distinctive context. In turn, the policies in the Local Plan will provide a spatial expression of the Vision, the focus of which is to support sustainable development, and the proposed land allocations will further that spatial expression by pro-actively facilitating sustainable development throughout the Lake District.

Policy 02: Presumption in favour of sustainable development

When considering development proposals we will take a positive approach that reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the National Planning Policy Framework. We will always work proactively and jointly with applicants to find solutions which mean that proposals can be approved wherever possible, and to secure development that improves the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area.

Planning applications that accord with the policies in this Local Plan (and, where relevant, with policies in neighbourhood plans) will be approved, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Where there are no policies relevant to the application or relevant policies are out of date at the time of making the decision then we will grant permission unless material considerations indicate otherwise – taking into account whether:

  • any adverse impacts of granting permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole; or
  • specific policies in that Framework indicate that development should be restricted.

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

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