A significant amount of engagement with communities has taken place since 2016, as part of the Local Plan Review. The engagement cumulated in consultation on the options and preferred options of policies and site allocations in May 2018.
The 2018 consultation resulted in 2762 individual responses to the consultation, providing 4,692 comments. We were successful in our objective of engaging with a representative sample of our Lake District community. Not only did the rate of response exceed expectations but we had a surge in young people getting involved, with 23 per cent of respondents being under 34 years old. As a result of our consultation efforts we have been shortlisted for an award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning in the Planning Awards 2019.
The Statement of Consultation Part One provides a summary of the responses received and what we have done to take account of the comments received.
The consultation documents were the Living Lakes Local Plan Review Summary Document, the Allocations of Land and the Living Lakes Local Plan Options and Suggested Approach Document. They are available on the Evidence page.
An assessment of each ‘Core Strategy’ policy led to the conclusion that all policies must be revised to varying degrees. See Lake District Local Plan Review – Policies to be revised (February 2016).
In April 2016, we hosted an early engagement opportunity in each of the Distinctive Areas with representatives from Parish and Town Councils to improve our awareness and understanding of local issues and development pressures. See Comments from Distinctive Area meetings.
We asked Parish Councils to complete a survey on infrastructure provision within their parish. This collated information on the range of infrastructure provision available, and identified any deficits in provision (physical, social and green infrastructure).
In autumn 2016 we asked what topics and issues you thought the Local Plan should cover and you can view that response here: Regulation 18 Summary of Responses by theme June 2017