Houses below Silver How in Grasmere copyright Helen Reynolds

Planning

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 update

What can you expect?

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

Can I contact planning team members directly?

General enquiries should be made to the duty planner. Please only contact other team members  by telephone or email in respect of current casework. We cannot provide detailed pre-application advice.

How does the duty planner work?

From 1 December each weekday between 0930 and 1200 we will 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.

What about telephone and emails?

If you telephone or email us you will receive an automated message. We will review all messages and aim to reply, although this may take longer than usual.

Why have we altered our planning services?

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

Why can’t I have detailed pre-application advice?

We do not have the capacity to offer this discretionary service at present. It involves time consuming work to do it properly, we know how important it is and will re-introduce it when we can provide a quality and timely service.

When will normal service resume?

We have made good progress and we are now able to deal with most new applications in a more-timely manner. However, we are still clearing the significant backlog.

We are reviewing the situation each week and we will re-introduce written pre-application advice as soon as we are able to provide a quality and timely service.

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.

We close on Christmas Eve until 4 January 2021.

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