Policy 06: Protecting the spectacular landscape

What are we trying to achieve?

The extraordinary beauty and harmony of the Lake District landscape and its attributes of Outstanding Universal Value and Special Qualities are conserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

What is the issue?

The spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District is unique – and of such quality and universal value – that it entirely underpins how the area functions economically, socially and environmentally. Therefore, a key policy in the Local Plan is that which serves to conserve and enhance the spectacular landscape.

Our suggested approach

We will continue to conserve or enhance the extraordinary beauty and harmony of the Lake District, by ensuring the highest level of protection is given to the landscape when assessing proposals for new development.

We will support development where the type, design, scale and level of activity maintains and, where possible, enhances local distinctiveness, sense of place and tranquillity. We will continue to use the Lake District Landscape Character Assessment in our decision making.

We will also refer to the World Heritage Site nomination document as this contains a wealth of information on landscape.

Policy 06: Protecting the spectacular landscape

We will conserve or enhance the extraordinary beauty and harmony of the Lake District landscape, its Special Qualities and attributes of Outstanding Universal Value.

We will achieve this by supporting development:

  • that ensures the highest level of protection is given to the landscape, and
  • where the type, design, scale and level of activity maintains and, where possible, enhances local distinctiveness, sense of place and tranquillity.

Decisions will be guided by the Lake District Landscape Character Assessment recognising the distinctive characteristics identified in the Landscape Character Types and Areas of Distinctive Character and the World Heritage Site nomination document.

We will use development opportunities to reduce existing landscape detractors.

Have your say!

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. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

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