They are a new way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. They can be used to:
Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Government in the Localism Act 2011 to promote sustainable development at a local level. They focus on land use activities which require planning permission. Neighbourhood Plans can become part of a local authority's planning policies.
Follow each of the links below for information on each of the Neighbourhood Plans underway in the Lake District National Park.
Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by parish or town councils, or by groups of local people coming together to create a neighbourhood forum.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan, written by the local community with help from their local authority, will normally be subject to local consultation, followed by an independent examination and a referendum.
If the plan is approved by a majority of those who vote, then the local authority can formally 'adopt' the Neighbourhood Plan so that it becomes part of the statutory development plan (the Local Plan).
Neighbourhood Plans for areas within the Lake District National Park have to be in conformity with:
For areas that straddle the Lake District National Park boundary, Neighbourhood Plans also have to conform with The Local Plan of the relevant administrative district or borough council.
To discuss any aspect of neighbourhood planning please contact:
Strategy and Partnership's Service
Lake District National Park Authority
Kendal LA9 7RL
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01539 792677