Canoe litterpick on Ullswater copyright LDNPA

Valley Planning

Valley planning sets out what people want to see happening in their area in the future. It is a geographical approach to partnership working to improve delivery of community aspirations.

By involving local people, visitors and businesses it establishes what they want to change, keep the same or improve in their area.

Background to the Valley Planning concept

The process includes:

  • People who live in the area
  • Local businesses and farmers
  • Parish Council
  • Visitors to the area

Valley planning interprets the National Park Vision at a local level. The Vision states that the ambition for the national park is to be "A place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities all come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage".

What's involved?

Getting people together

The Lake District National Park Partnership is starting this exciting initiative. We, the Lake District National Park Authority, are getting members from the community and members of the partnership together. These might include local specialist interest groups as well as other established locality working groups.

They will identify what is important by reviewing existing evidence from an area. Examples include visitor surveys, housing and employment surveys, and community plans. It is essential that this project compliments other activity in the area.

Valley planning guidance

This Whole Valley Planning project was to explore the feasibility of whether land management could be integrated across a whole valley, based on community led issues. The outcomes of this work take the form of a series of guidance sheets Whole Valley Planning - A guide for communities.

Developed by Friends of the Lake District and produced in association with the University of Cumbria post 2013 project, funded by the Cumbria Fells and Dales and Solway Border and Eden LEADER programmes.

Taking it forward

A working group will develop in the area to take forward ideas that people agree on. We or any one of our partners may have a role in delivering part of the plan in the future. There will be more details on who is doing what once the plan has been developed.

Where is it happening?