Coniston village copyright Charlie Hedley

Supporting research and evidence

When we adopt any development plan as part of the Local Plan, an independent planning inspector considers all the research and evidence behind our proposals to test if they are sound. The inspector also uses the information to guide the discussions at an examination in public, if one is necessary.

Specialist research studies

We undertake research ourselves or commission specialist consultants. Some research is statutory and must be completed as part of the Local Plan process. Other studies analyse unique local elements - such as housing need. We also work in partnership to share resources and make sure our research fits with research outside the National Park. The following research studies have been completed or are underway:

Technical reports

Evidence gathering

National and regional policies or guidance provide us with evidence. We also gather it from other research studies and plans such as community plans.

The views of people who live, work or visit the National Park form a key part of the evidence which support the creation of the Local Plan. It is important for everyone to have their say whether you support the ideas put forward, or have concerns. A balanced view is vital.