Policy 17: Job creation and employment space

What are we trying to achieve?

Growth and expansion of all types of business and enterprises making provision for new jobs across a range of sectors. We want these sectors to diversify the job base and deliver higher paid jobs.

What is the issue?

The Lake District economy is heavily influenced by tourism sectors both in terms of jobs and turnover. Earnings of people employed in the Lake District fall below the median earnings of workplace and resident earnings of people in Cumbria and our neighbouring districts. The working age of the population of the Lake District is also older than average, and the resident population is decreasing. Recruitment and access to the labour market is an issue for employers in particular. This is in part as a result of low unemployment levels and high house prices.

Our suggested approach

We will switch our focus from floorspace provision to job provision – job creation does not always require floorspace creation.

We will seek to increase rate of job creation – seek to deliver 2,850 jobs over 15 years.

We will seek to increase job creation in B-Use (e.g. offices, workshops) – we want 50 per cent of jobs created to come from B-Uses.

Seek to support all types of opportunities – new build, extension, conversion, home working.

Continue to protect employment sites from being lost to other non-employment uses.

Policy 17: Job creation and employment space

Growth and expansion of all types of business and enterprises will be supported. We want higher paid full time jobs and we will make provision for 2,850 new jobs by 2034 by supporting a range of employment sectors. We will enable this through this policy and policies 18 and 19.

To achieve this we will support:

  • the redevelopment and/or extension of existing employment floorspace; or
  • new build developments; or
  • conversion of buildings, including the flexible use of public buildings and community facilities that sustains their long term viability.

In addition, where a proposal exceeds 250 square metres gross external floorspace it will only be supported at existing employment sites, allocated sites, or within or well related to a Rural Service Centre or Village.

Existing land and buildings in employment use (excluding retail and tourism use) with a floorspace above 100 square metres or site area above 0.2 hectares (whichever is higher), including allocated sites, will be retained to maintain employment development opportunities unless:

  • it can be demonstrated that they are unsuitable for this use; and
  • there is no demand for employment space in the locality resulting from an appropriate marketing exercise and other evidence; or
  • exceptionally, viable alternatives are readily available in the locality.

Where these policy tests are demonstrated, priority will first be given to retail and tourism employment generating uses.

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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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