Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds


We are the local planning authority for the Lake District National Park. We have to balance the demands of sustaining a prosperous economy and vibrant communities with the needs of this spectacular landscape.

Planning services update - January 2022

Planning application update

Because of increased applications and reduced staffing in combination, we have accumulated a backlog of applications. We currently have 240 applications unallocated awaiting a case planner with capacity to come available. We are approaching applications in date order insofar as possible, allocating those applications which expire soonest first as staff capacity allows.  Current allocation time is around 14 weeks following validation.

We appreciate that you may be disappointed. This is not the planning service that we want to provide.

Enforcement update

New enforcement cases remain at their highest ever level. We will continue to take enforcement action when it is in the public interest. We will undertake an initial review of all new investigations. The timing of further action will depend upon relative priorities and may take significantly longer than usual.

Pre-application update

We continue to provide general planning advice through our duty planner service. We are sorry we are unable to provide detailed written pre-application advice at present.  We look forward to being able to provide a full service once again at some time in the future.

How do I find out more?

How does the duty planner work?

Each weekday between 0930 and 1200 we have a planner available to answer queries on a first come first served basis. Our offices are closed to the public. This service is for short telephone conversations (01539 724555) or brief email replies only and not in person. Generally telephone conversations will be more effective. We cannot provide detailed pre-application advice. If, due to being short staffed, we are not be able to provide this service on a day, please call us back.

Can I contact planning team members directly?

General enquiries should be made to the duty planner. Please only contact other team members in respect of current casework that they are dealing with. We cannot provide detailed pre-application advice. Requests for progress updates are now cumulatively taking several days of staff time each week to handle, further delaying progress through our backlog. We appreciate delays are frustrating, but we ask that wherever possible you bear with us.

Validation requirements consultation

Following the adoption of the Lake District National Park Local Plan 2020-2035 and recent legislative changes we propose to update our validation requirements. We are considering consultation responses and will publish a revised list shortly. Find out more about the proposed changes.

Building site copyright Michael Turner

Planning Permission

Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

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