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Neighbourhood Plans

What are Neighbourhood Plans?

They are a new way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. They can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes, shops, offices, and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Government in the Localism Act 2011 to promote sustainable development at a local level. They focus on land use activities which require planning permission. Neighbourhood Plans can become part of a local authority's planning policies.

As well as land use development, we are involved in land use management. For further information, see the Partnership's Plan and valley planning activities.   

What is happening at the moment in the Lake District National Park?

Map of parishes producing Neighbourhood Plans (PDF Document)

Follow each of the links below for information on each of the Neighbourhood Plans underway in the Lake District National Park.  

Barton Parish

Bootle Parish

Burneside Parish

Coniston Parish

Matterdale Parish 

Millom-Without Parish 

Torver Parish

Keswick Parish

Background to Neighbourhood Plans

Who can prepare Neighbourhood Plans?

Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by parish or town councils, or by groups of local people coming together to create a neighbourhood forum. 

What is involved?

The draft Neighbourhood Plan, written by the local community with help from their local authority, will normally be subject to local consultation, followed by an independent examination and a referendum. 

If the plan is approved by a majority of those who vote, then the local authority can formally 'adopt' the Neighbourhood Plan so that it becomes part of the statutory development plan (the Local Plan).

Neighbourhood Plans for areas within the Lake District National Park have to be in conformity with:

  • National planning policy and guidance
  • The Lake District National Park Local Plan

For areas that straddle the Lake District National Park boundary, Neighbourhood Plans also have to conform with The Local Plan of the relevant administrative district or borough council.

How can the Lake District National Park Authority help?

We will:

  • Work with parish councils or community groups to enable them to prepare a draft plan.
  • Provide groups with guidance and technical assistance.
  • Make arrangements for the examination of the plan and referendum.

To discuss any aspect of neighbourhood planning please contact:

Strategy and Partnership's Service
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal LA9 7RL

hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk Tel 01539 792677

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