The revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018 introduces the requirement for local planning authorities to prepare a statement of common ground. Statements of common ground have three primary objectives:
As a local planning authority we have effective on-going working arrangements with our neighbouring strategic policy-making authorities and are in the process of producing statements of common ground with each of them. Currently we have signed statements with the following authorities:
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:
Thank you to everyone who took part to help `Shape the Lakes' through our Local Plan consultation between 8 May and 29 June 2018. We were pleased to receive a record level of response, with 2762 individual responses to the consultation, providing 4,692 comments through the consultation period. We have been successful in our objective of engaging with a representative sample of our Lake District community. Not only did the rate of response exceed expectations but we had a surge in young people getting involved, with 23 per cent of respondents being under 34 years old.
We are now underway with the significant task of reviewing what everyone has told us. Only once this has been completed will we decide which policies and site allocations require attention and what amendments are necessary.
We will publish consultation comments and what we intend to do in response to these comments in due course. However, due to the high level of response rate and the coincidental publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework that we now need to have regard to, it is likely to take us longer than we originally planned. We will be asking our Members to agree a revised local plan programme timeline in October. Please keep checking on the website for further updates.
Any time between
|Wednesday 16 May||Billy's Space, Staveley, LA8 9LN||3-7pm|
|Thursday 17 May||Coniston Institute, Coniston, LA21 8DU||3-7pm|
|Wednesday 23 May||Café Ambio, Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, LA12 8TA||2-5.30pm|
|Thursday 24 May||Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LP||3-7pm|
|Tuesday 29 May|
Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, CA10 2HH While you’re there why not bring your camo kit, your children and your hardiest self and join in Action Week: The Big Outdoors at Lowther Castle and Gardens? Click here for more information.
|Thursday 7 June||The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NP||3-7pm|
|Wednesday 13 June||Captain Shaw’s Primary School, Bootle, LA19 5TG||3.30-7pm|
|Thursday 14 June||Moot Hall, Keswick Information Centre, Keswick, CA12 5JR||3-7pm|
|Thursday 21 June||Bassenthwaite Village Hall, Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QP||3-7pm|
|Thursday 28 June||Gosforth Primary School, Gosforth, CA20 1 AZ|
Paper copies of the documents were available at these deposit locations:
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.
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:
The work packages we are currently progressing are as follows:
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.
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:
A draft Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment have been produced on the emerging Local Plan. These are available for consultation between Tuesday 8 May and Friday 29 June 2018. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
The Lake District 2030 Vision - click to see larger image.
The Local Plan is also supported by several Supplementary Planning Documents which give more detail on how some of the policies should be implemented.