Policy 27: Developer contributions and infrastructure

What are we trying to achieve?

We want new development to be adequately supported by infrastructure, and ensure that developments can be made acceptable in the context of conserving and enhancing the Lake District.

What is the issue?

New developments can lead to greater pressures on existing infrastructure so it is important that new development is adequately supported by infrastructure and contributes where there is likely to be an adverse impact upon existing provision. There are different methods of securing developer contributions, however a Community Infrastructure Levy is not considered to be currently feasible in the Lake District due to the nature and scale of developments taking place.

Our suggested approach

We will continue to use Planning Obligations (Section 106 agreements) to secure developer contributions.

We will only permit development where adequate infrastructure exists or improvements would be made.

Policy 27: Developer contributions and infrastructure

We will seek to ensure that new development is adequately supported by infrastructure, and ensure that developments can be made acceptable in the context of conserving and enhancing the Special Qualities and attributes of Outstanding Universal Value. To achieve this we will:

  1. Only permit development where:
    • adequate infrastructure exists relevant to the development proposed; or
    • existing infrastructure is to be used or extended to serve a development, and adequate capacity exists without prejudicing existing users; or
    • additional or enhanced infrastructure will be provided to serve the proposal as part of the development or through a financial contribution equivalent to the cost of remedying the infrastructure shortfall.
  2. Use planning obligations, where relevant, to secure infrastructure provision and, or make developments acceptable through a legal agreement.

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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