Oak beams at the Footprint Centre copyright Paula Allen


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.
We are currently reviewing our Local Plan and will be sharing updates online -  find out more about our Local Plan Review.

Planning services from 10 August 2020

What we will deliver

  • We will assess and decide applications, taking into account views we receive, as normal.
  • We are sorry we are unable to provide general advice, including our duty planner service, pre-application advice or discuss applications for the time being.
  • We will continue to take enforcement action when it is in the public interest, although many new investigations will take significantly longer than usual.

Telephone and emails

If you telephone or email us you will receive an automated message. We will review all messages, you may not receive a further reply.

Why we have altered our planning services

Our small team has been working remotely throughout the pandemic and providing a full range of planning services. Over recent months the capacity of the team has been very significantly reduced by caring responsibilities as a result of schools being closed and for various medical reasons unrelated to the pandemic. We are suspending discretionary services in order to safeguard the core statutory decision making function.

We will re-introduce services as soon as we are able.

Thank you for being understanding, we appreciate that you may be disappointed, this is not the planning service that we want to provide and we look forward to being able to provide a full service once again shortly.

Ambleside University

Planning permission

Do I need planning permission?

Getting planning advice

How to apply

Planning guides

Looking at blueprints


Planning policies

Community involvement

Affordable housing

View of Ullswater

What's happening

Planning application search

Planning application webmap

Contact us

Decisions and Appeals

Drystone wall

What about?

Compliance and enforcement

Committee and public speaking

Trees and hedgerows

Conservation areas

Listed buildings