Balconies in Bowness copyright Charlie Hedley

Planning policies

Most new buildings and changes to existing buildings and the local environment require planning permission. Take a look at Do I need planning permission?

We determine planning applications against our Development Plan, which contains key planning policy documents.

Local Plan

Our local plan was adopted in May 2021.

Supplementary planning documents

Alongside our local plan, we have detailed guidance on particular issues and policies, which help inform our planning application decisions.

Key local areas



Landscape Character Assessment

Wind energy

Other policies we use

The Government advises that extended policies should be read in context. In cases where policies were adopted some time ago, other factors may be taken into account in making planning decisions.

Balconies in Bowness copyright Charlie Hedley

Policies on house building

Row of cottages in Askham copyright Mr Hills

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood plans help local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.

Find out how to produce a neighbourhood plan, which parishes have plans and how we can support you.

X33 Lakeland Explorer bus

Community involvement

We want communities to get involved in planning policy. Find out how to get involved and see our timeline for producing planning policies

Coniston village copyright Charlie Hedley

Evidence and monitoring

Our  infrastructure deliver plan

All of our policies are monitored to see how they are progressing