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.

There is no Duty Planner on Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Contact the planning team

Contact the planning team

Our team work across multiple offices, remotely, and out in the national park. Please do not travel to our offices without appointment - you are likely to be disappointed and unable to meet a team member.

There is a duty planner available Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 12:00pm for general telephone advice, call 01539 724555.

Email us at planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk. If you are commenting on a planning application please quote the application reference number.

Case planner contact details are available here.

Nutrient neutrality

On 17 March 2022 we received nutrient neutrality notifications from Natural England in relation to the River Eden SAC, River Kent SAC and the River Derwent & Bassenthwaite Lake SAC. On 23 March 2022 we received similar advice in respect of Esthwaite Water RAMSAR. Find out more about Nutrient Neutrality in North-West England.

Building site copyright Michael Turner

Planning Permission

Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

Planning applications

Oak beams at the Footprint Centre copyright Paula Allen


Balconies in Bowness copyright Charlie Hedley

Planning Policies

Pine trees overhanging the shore of a lake with fells on the far shore

Planning for Nature Recovery