Community and cultural facilities and local services are sustained, and communities have improved availability and access to well paid jobs, high quality greenspaces, recreation facilities and the countryside.
Communities within the Lake District need access to a range of community facilities and services like village halls, places of worship, garages, post offices, schools, healthcare, pubs and shops. These often serve networks of small communities and are essential to enable communities to remain vibrant and sustainable. Community facilities are important for maintaining the social fabric and wellbeing of Lake District communities.
Many of our communities face difficulties in providing and retaining services and community facilities. The impact of second homes and holiday lets in the Lake District means that settlements often have dwindling resident populations which threatens the viability of local schools, healthcare and other facilities.
Whilst our communities are well served by green infrastructure, the key challenges for the Local Plan is to continue to safeguard Local Green Space, protect Rights of Way network from being lost through new development and support infrastructure that enhances outdoor recreation.
We will continue to support new or improvements to existing community facilities, including multi-use of buildings
We will resist the change of use of existing shops, pubs and drinking establishments to alternative uses outside of the primary shopping areas i.e. villages unless certain circumstances prevail.
Continue to support the provision of new open space and recreation facilities, and resist the loss of existing designated Local Green Space unless there are special circumstances.
We would also like larger scale developments to include informal open space within the proposal.
We want to sustain community and cultural facilities and local services, and ensure communities have improved availability and access to high quality greenspaces and recreation facilities.
We will achieve this by:
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