Local Plan Review: The story so far

The Local Plan Consultation Phase

An assessment of each ‘Core Strategy’ led to the conclusion that all policies must be revised to varying degrees. See Lake District Local Plan Review – Policies to be revised (February 2016).

In April 2016, we hosted an early engagement opportunity in each of the Distinctive Areas with representatives from Parish and Town Councils to improve our awareness and understanding of local issues and development pressures. See Comments from Distinctive Area meetings.

We asked Parish Councils to complete a survey on infrastructure provision within their parish. This collated information on the range of infrastructure provision available, and identified any deficits in provision (physical, social and green infrastructure).

In autumn 2016 we asked what topics and issues you thought the Local Plan should cover and you can view that response here: Regulation 18 Summary of Responses by theme June 2017

We reviewed the Local Development Scheme to reflect the additional scope of the Local Plan Review and the new Local Development Scheme was adopted in August 2017:

Draft strategic objectives

We have reviewed the Strategic Objectives outlined in the Core Strategy and prepared new draft strategic objectives to support the Local Plan Review. These draft strategic objectives outline our key ambitions for the Local Plan.

The Vision and Vision Outcomes were agreed by the Lake District National Park Partnership in 2006, and were reviewed as part of the preparation of the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Plan 2015-2020.

Consultation phase: Evidence reports

As part of our Local Plan Review we have updated our evidence base which is an important part of the Review process as it ensures our suggested policies are based on the needs and wants of the Lake District National Park. In many cases we have tested our reports with experts and have invited peer reviews.
Reports containing information we have completed:

  • Climate Change - This paper assesses the key challenges and opportunities directly related to climate change and planning policy in the Lake District [will be available shortly]
  • Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services - this report highlights the current Natural capital related issues and challenges facing the Lake District National Park
  • Infrastructure Baseline Study - This study assesses the quality and capacity of infrastructure in the Lake District, and potential future needs and demands
  • Residential Monitoring Report 2015/16 - This collates planning approvals and completions for new housing in the National Park between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.
  • Household Income and House Prices (CACI 2016) - This collates data at Parish scale on household income and house price and establishes an affordability ratio. It presents a socio economic profile for each parish in the National Park.
  • Historic Environment - This report provides an overview of the historic environment within the National Park which is broken down by Distinctive Area.
  • Economic Evidence including employment space, retailing, tourism, and farm diversification . This report collates information on the key aspects of the economy of the Lake District. It helps us to understand trends for growth, understand business needs and how the market is likely to change.
  • Health and Well-being - This report provides an overview of the health status and needs of the local population. If you have any views on the content of this paper please complete the questions in this survey
  • Access and Travel - This report provides an overview of the current access and travel arrangements across the County and specifically within the Lake District. It identifies the main issues and challenges associated both with gaining access to and moving around the Lake District, and considers what opportunities there are and what these mean for access and travel in the Lake District National Park.
  • Town Centre Health Checks – This report provides a comprehensive picture of the vitality of the key retail centres in the National Park based on survey work. It provides a snapshot of the current state of the town centres and their retail provision. The focus is on Grasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Ambleside, Keswick, Bowness and Windermere.
  • Retail overview and needs assessment - This report provides an overview of anticipated retailing trends and future floorspace requirements for comparison and convenience goods.
  • Economic development needs assessment - This report provides an overview of the anticipated future floorspace requirements for employment use (B-use space such as offices, workshops etc) and tourism related development.
  • Housing - This report provides an overview of the current issues and challenges affecting the delivery of housing in the National Park. It provides information to develop an evidence based rationale for policies in the new Local Plan

The work packages we are currently progressing are as follows:

  • Objectively Assessed Housing Needs - To identify the scale and mix of housing and range of tenures that the local population is likely to need over the plan period
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment - An update following the recent flooding events to be completed February 2018

Landscape Capacity Study 2017

The aims and objectives of the study are to assess the potential for the expansion of the 13 Rural Service Centres, the area around Kendal Fell Quarry and east of Cockermouth within the context of `best fit' with the receiving landscape. The documents provide an evidence base to inform decisions on where land may be suitable for development without adversely affecting landscape character and visual amenity.

Sustainability Appraisal Report

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, the Lake District National Park Authority are required to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal  to ensure the social, environmental and economic impacts of the plan are taken into account.  This is a key tool for assessing and evaluating the effects of the Local Plan and is intended to help meet the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.

In accordance with statutory regulations, the Lake District National Park Authority consulted with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency on the content of the Scoping Report.  The consultation ran for a period of six weeks, from 5 April 2017 to 4pm 17 May 2017.

It was primarily a technical consultation with the above statutory bodies, however, other organisations and individuals could also submit representations.  
The Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is available to view and download below:

Call for sites

Stage 1: Closed. Sites suggestions submitted 12 Apri - 26 June 2017

Stage 2: We have received a total of 290 site suggestions (including existing allocations) for consideration for various uses. Our intention is to assess and filter out the majority of sites. As part of this process, our Members made informal visits to the sites across the Park in September and October.

Stage 3: Members make a formal decision on whether sites go forward for consultation in May and June 2018 and it is at this point members of the public will be invited

See full details of the call for sites process

Vision and objectives

The policies will be grounded on achieving the 2030 Vision for the Lake District being “an inspirational example of sustainable development in action.” 

The Lake District National Park will be a place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage.

An illustration of the Lake District vision for 2030 An inspiration example of sustainable development in action

The Lake District 2030 Vision - click to see larger image.

Prosperous economy

Businesses will locate in the National Park because they value the quality of opportunity, environment and lifestyle it offers – many will draw on a strong connection to the landscape. Entrepreneurial spirit will be nurtured across all sectors and traditional industries maintained to ensure a diverse economy

World Class visitor experiences

High quality and unique experiences for visitors within a stunning and globally significant landscape. Experiences that compete with the best in the international market.

Vibrant communities

People successfully living, working and relaxing within upland, valley and lakeside places where distinctive local character is maintained and celebrated.

A spectacular landscape

A landscape which provides an irreplaceable source of inspiration, whose benefits to people and wildlife are valued and improved. A landscape whose natural and cultural resources are assets to be managed and used wisely for future generations.

What does the current Local Plan include?

The Local Plan is also supported by several Supplementary Planning Documents which give more detail on how some of the policies should be implemented.