Residents and business owners have been having their say on new Lake District planning policies and site allocations in a bid to ‘Shape the Lakes’ in the Local Plan Review. A final call for feedback is now being made as a schedule of public drop-in sessions draws to a close on 29 June.
The Lake District Local Plan, which is reviewed every three to five years, includes a public consultation phase where local communities give their feedback to the draft planning policies before changes are made. So far, feedback gathered from those who have attended consultation events has ranged from the multi-use of community buildings, the protection of Local Green Spaces and new build spaces to support employment opportunities.
Hanna Latty, Strategy and Planning Policy Leader for the Lake District National Park, said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome people the consultation events so far and hear the truly valuable feedback from those who are part of this living breathing landscape.
“Ahead of this Local Plan Review we realised that there can be a misconception around how we manage development in the Lake District and so these events are a great chance for us to meet residents and business owners and answer any questions people may have.
Now, as the consultation phase nears its end with just two weeks to go, local people who live or work in the Lake District are being encouraged to either attend one of the remaining events or share their feedback via an online survey.
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Hanna added: “We’re grateful to the hundreds of people who have taken the time to contribute to the surveys so far, and we’d encourage everyone who lives, works and enjoys the Lake District to make sure they have their say ahead of the 29 June.
“The planning policies reflect our aim to create vibrant communities, thriving businesses and inspirational, world class landscapes in the Lake District, but we need to know if we’re getting it right for the people who live and work here.
“If you haven’t yet visited us at a drop-in session please don’t miss this opportunity to have your say. If you can’t make one of the final events don’t worry you can review the policies and share your feedback online too.”
To review the draft policies, find out more about the Local Plan Review and complete the online survey visit: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/localplan.
Everyone who takes the time to help ‘Shape the Lakes’ by either attending a consultation event or taking part in the online survey will be in with a chance of winning £1,000 Lake District Pounds.
Photo shows local resident Anne Hall with Lake District National Park Strategy Planner Paula Allen at the Coniston Institute public consultation event last month.