Local Plan Review: The story so far

Statements of Common Ground

The revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018 introduces the requirement for local planning authorities to prepare a statement of common ground. Statements of common ground have three primary objectives:

  • Increasing certainty and transparency, earlier on in the plan making process, on where effective co-operation is and is not happening;
  • Encouraging all local planning authorities to co-operate effectively and seek agreement on strategic cross-boundary issues; and
  • Helping local planning authorities demonstrate evidence of co-operation by setting clearer and more consistent expectations as to how co-operation in plan making should be approached and documented.

As a local planning authority we have effective on-going working arrangements with our neighbouring strategic policy-making authorities and are in the process of producing statements of common ground with each of them. Currently we have signed statements with the following authorities:

The Local Plan Consultation Phase

An assessment of each ‘Core Strategy’ 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

We reviewed the Local Development Scheme to reflect the additional scope of the Local Plan Review and the new Local Development Scheme was adopted in August 2017: 

Details of consultation

Thank you to everyone who took part to help `Shape the Lakes' through our Local Plan consultation between 8 May and 29 June 2018. We were pleased to receive a record level of response, with 2762 individual responses to the consultation, providing 4,692 comments through the consultation period. We have been 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.

We are now underway with the significant task of reviewing what everyone has told us. Only once this has been completed will we decide which policies and site allocations require attention and what amendments are necessary.

We will publish consultation comments and what we intend to do in response to these comments in due course.  However, due to the high level of response rate and the coincidental publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework that we now need to have regard to, it is likely to take us longer than we originally planned.  We will be asking  our Members to agree a revised local plan programme timeline in October.  Please keep checking on the website for further updates.

Where we held our Consultation Events:

DateConsultation event

Any time between

Wednesday 16 MayBilly's Space, Staveley, LA8 9LN3-7pm
Thursday 17 MayConiston Institute, Coniston, LA21 8DU   3-7pm
Wednesday 23 MayCafé Ambio, Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, LA12 8TA 2-5.30pm
Thursday 24 MayLow Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LP 3-7pm
Tuesday 29 May

Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lowther, CA10 2HH  While you’re there why not bring your camo kit, your children and your hardiest self and join in Action Week: The Big Outdoors at Lowther Castle and Gardens? Click  here for more information.

Thursday 7 JuneThe Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NP3-7pm
Wednesday 13 JuneCaptain Shaw’s Primary School, Bootle, LA19 5TG3.30-7pm
Thursday 14 JuneMoot Hall, Keswick Information Centre, Keswick, CA12 5JR3-7pm
Thursday 21 JuneBassenthwaite Village Hall, Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QP3-7pm
Thursday 28 JuneGosforth Primary School, Gosforth, CA20 1 AZ


Where we placed the consultation documents to view

Paper copies of the documents were available at these deposit locations:

  • Ambleside Library, Keswick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ
  • Coniston Library, John Ruskin Institute, Coniston, LA21 8DU
  • Penrith Library, St Andrew's Churchyard, Penrith, CA11 7YA
  • Windermere Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere, LA23 2AJ
  • Bowness Bay Tourist Information Centre, Glebe Road, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3HJ
  • Ullswater Tourist Information Centre, Beckside Car Park, Glenriding, Penrith, CA11 0PD
  • Keswick Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall, Keswick, CA12 5JR
  • Bootle Post Office, 4 Main Street, Bootle, LA19 5TF
  • Broughton in Furness Library, Vicotry Hall, Station Road, Broughton in Furness, LA20 6HN
  • Gosforth Library, Public Hall, Gosforth, CA20 1AS
  • Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7RL
  • The Gather, Ennerdale Bridge, CA23 3AR

Draft strategic objectives

We have reviewed the Strategic Objectives outlined in the Core Strategy and prepared new draft strategic objectives to support the Local Plan Review. These draft strategic objectives outline our key ambitions for the Local Plan.

The Vision and Vision Outcomes were agreed by the Lake District National Park Partnership in 2006, and were reviewed as part of the preparation of the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Plan 2015-2020.

Consultation phase: Evidence reports

As part of our Local Plan Review we have updated our evidence base which is an important part of the Review process as it ensures our suggested policies are based on the needs and wants of the Lake District National Park. In many cases we have tested our reports with experts and have invited peer reviews.
Reports containing information we have completed:

  • Climate Change - This paper assesses the key challenges and opportunities directly related to climate change and planning policy in the Lake District
  • Renewable Energy Targets - This report explores the evidence for a specified target for generating on site renewable and low carbon energy from new development within the Lake District National Park
  • Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services - this report highlights the current Natural capital related issues and challenges facing the Lake District National Park
  • Infrastructure Baseline Study - This study assesses the quality and capacity of infrastructure in the Lake District, and potential future needs and demands
  • Residential Monitoring Report 2015/16 - This collates planning approvals and completions for new housing in the National Park between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016
  • Historic Environment - This report provides an overview of the historic environment within the National Park which is broken down by Distinctive Area
  • Economic Evidence including employment space, retailing, tourism, and farm diversification . This report collates information on the key aspects of the economy of the Lake District. It helps us to understand trends for growth, understand business needs and how the market is likely to change
  • Health and Well-being - This report provides an overview of the health status and needs of the local population. If you have any views on the content of this paper please complete the questions in this survey
  • Access and Travel - This report provides an overview of the current access and travel arrangements across the County and specifically within the Lake District. It identifies the main issues and challenges associated both with gaining access to and moving around the Lake District, and considers what opportunities there are and what these mean for access and travel in the Lake District National Park
  • Town Centre Health Checks – This report provides a comprehensive picture of the vitality of the key retail centres in the National Park based on survey work. It provides a snapshot of the current state of the town centres and their retail provision. The focus is on Grasmere, Hawkshead, Coniston, Ambleside, Keswick, Bowness and Windermere
  • Retail overview and needs assessment - This report provides an overview of anticipated retailing trends and future floorspace requirements for comparison and convenience goods
  • Economic development needs assessment - This report provides an overview of the anticipated future floorspace requirements for employment use (B-use space such as offices, workshops etc) and tourism related development
  • Housing - This report provides an overview of the current issues and challenges affecting the delivery of housing in the National Park. It provides information to develop an evidence based rationale for policies in the new Local Plan
  • Local housing need assessment - this identifies a housing need figure to be delivered over the plan period
  • Biodiversity - this report reviews our experience to date on addressing planning related impacts on biodiversity and suggests improvements

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment


  • Interactive GeoPDF maps are currently only available for view using in-house Geographical Information Systems. They will be available to view on the Policies Map following adoption of the new Local Plan.
  • Development Site Assessment Spreadsheet - excel spreadsheet containing an assessment of flood risk to the proposed land allocations sites, used as evidence to support the final assessment of these sites.
  • Functional Floodplain Delineation - Technical note explaining the methodology behind the delineation of the functional floodplain (Flood Zone 3b)

Landscape Capacity Study 2017

The aims and objectives of the study are to assess the potential for the expansion of the 13 Rural Service Centres, the area around Kendal Fell Quarry and east of Cockermouth within the context of `best fit' with the receiving landscape. The documents provide an evidence base to inform decisions on where land may be suitable for development without adversely affecting landscape character and visual amenity.

Sustainability Appraisal Report (including the Habitats Regulations Assessment)

As part of the preparation of the Local Plan, the Lake District National Park Authority are required to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal  to ensure the social, environmental and economic impacts of the plan are taken into account.  This is a key tool for assessing and evaluating the effects of the Local Plan and is intended to help meet the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.

In accordance with statutory regulations, the Lake District National Park Authority consulted with Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency on the content of the Scoping Report.  The consultation ran for a period of six weeks, from 5 April 2017 to 4pm 17 May 2017.

It was primarily a technical consultation with the above statutory bodies, however, other organisations and individuals could also submit representations.  
The Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is available to view and download below:

A draft Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment have been produced on the emerging Local Plan. These are available for consultation between Tuesday 8 May and Friday 29 June 2018. Comments can be sent to localplan@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Call for sites

Stage 1: Closed. Sites suggestions submitted 12 Apri - 26 June 2017

Stage 2: We have received a total of 290 site suggestions (including existing allocations) for consideration for various uses. Our intention is to assess and filter out the majority of sites. As part of this process, our Members made informal visits to the sites across the Park in September and October.

Stage 3: Members make a formal decision on whether sites go forward for consultation in May and June 2018 and it is at this point members of the public will be invited

See full details of the call for sites map

Vision and objectives

The policies will be grounded on achieving the 2030 Vision for the Lake District being “an inspirational example of sustainable development in action.” 

The Lake District National Park will be a place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage.

An illustration of the Lake District vision for 2030 An inspiration example of sustainable development in action

The Lake District 2030 Vision - click to see larger image.

Prosperous economy

Businesses will locate in the National Park because they value the quality of opportunity, environment and lifestyle it offers – many will draw on a strong connection to the landscape. Entrepreneurial spirit will be nurtured across all sectors and traditional industries maintained to ensure a diverse economy

World Class visitor experiences

High quality and unique experiences for visitors within a stunning and globally significant landscape. Experiences that compete with the best in the international market.

Vibrant communities

People successfully living, working and relaxing within upland, valley and lakeside places where distinctive local character is maintained and celebrated.

A spectacular landscape

A landscape which provides an irreplaceable source of inspiration, whose benefits to people and wildlife are valued and improved. A landscape whose natural and cultural resources are assets to be managed and used wisely for future generations.

What does the current Local Plan include?

The Local Plan is also supported by several Supplementary Planning Documents which give more detail on how some of the policies should be implemented.