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.

Neighbourhood Plans

The Local Plan sets out the policies necessary to address the strategic priorities within the Lake District. These do not extend to detailed matters which are more appropriately dealt with through neighbourhood plans.

The neighbourhood plans are considered to be in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the Lake District National Park Local Plan 2020-2035.

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

Annual Monitoring Reports and other monitoring to see how policies are progressing

Cumbria Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Final report (pdf)

Local aggregate assessments

Strategic Flood Risk Assessments:

Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Guidance Document 2018

Cumbria Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for Lake District National Park Authority Technical Report 2018

Functional Floodplain Update for LDNP 2018