Local communities

Working closely with local communities in the National Park is vital. Here's how we do it:


Area Rangers

Area Rangers work with residents, businesses, community groups, land owners and farmers. They are the first point of contact for:

  • new local initiatives or community projects
  • access and recreation enquiries
  • more information about any aspect of the LDNPA's work

They also work with other partners to deliver larger scale projects, such as Rusland Horizons (opens in new window) and the Farming in Protected Landscapes grants scheme (opens in a new window).


This team deals with local Rights of Way issues. They have a practical role in managing public access and our properties, including footpaths, gates, signs and bridges. They liaise and work with local communities, groups and Parish Councils.

Find out more on Rangers.


Communities help develop planning policy, their own Community or Neighbourhood Plans and get involved in planning applications. They may be involved as an individual, through a group, an organisation or as a member of an elected body like a parish council.

Development Management

Our Development Management team works with residents, local businesses, parish and town councils and community groups to offer a proactive planning service. Together we try to ensure significant new development:

  • fulfils its intended purpose
  • is in accordance with local and national policy
  • offers the best solution for its location within a National Park setting.

New Local Housing schemes, some of which include modern or iconic design schemes are examples of this. Our planning for town and parish councils page has more details about how the process works.

Our compliance planners work closely with communities and individuals to identify and resolve breaches of planning control.

Strategy and Partnership

This team co-ordinates and supports the Lake District National Park Partnership. It is heavily engaged through its Strategy Advisors in leading on strategy development across the full range of Authority activities from the Historic Environment and current planning policy; through biodiversity, ecosystems and land management; to access, recreation and tourism, as well as leading on the application for World Heritage status. It also provides advice on community-led plans such as Neighbourhood Plans.

Local communities are represented on the Partnership by: