What we're trying to achieve

[3.08.01] We want new development to be adequately supported by infrastructure, and ensure that developments can be made acceptable and contribute positively to managing pressures in the Lake District.

Policy 08: Infrastructure and developer contributions

We will seek to ensure that new development is adequately supported by infrastructure, and ensure that developments can be made acceptable in the context of conserving and enhancing the Special Qualities and attributes of Outstanding Universal Value.

To achieve this we will only permit development where:

  • adequate infrastructure exists relevant to the development proposed without prejudicing existing users; or
  • any additional or enhanced infrastructure necessary to mitigate the impact of the development is provided either directly as physical works or through a financial contribution.

An independent viability assessment must be submitted where it is considered that physical works or a financial contribution would make a development unviable.

Implementation guidance

[3.08.03] The Authority will seek advice on site-specific requirements from infrastructure providers and statutory consultees at the point of a planning application being submitted or as part of pre-application discussions.

[3.08.04] We will use the Cumbria Development Design Guide to inform required parking standards for new development proposals which will require certain standards of parking provision, such as residential development schemes, employment site developments, retail sites, tourism attractions, or hotels and guest accommodation.

[3.08.05] Where infrastructure is found to be inadequate for the development proposed we will seek either the physical improvements to the infrastructure or a financial contribution to its improvement through a planning condition or a planning obligation. Scheme viability will be considered in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and practice guidance.

[3.08.06] Planning obligations may relate to on-site or off-site provision of:

  • highways infrastructure
  • sustainable transport infrastructure
  • service and utilities infrastructure
  • enhancement and maintenance of the historic environment and heritage assets biodiversity
  • or wildlife corridors
  • enhancement of the public realm
  • maintenance and enhancement of public rights of way, local green space, sports and leisure
  • provision and/or play areas
  • flood defences and mitigation and adaptation
  • education provision
  • health facilities
  • facilities providing accessibility for all e.g. Changing Places facilities

[3.08.07] Financial contributions from Planning Obligations may be pooled in order to fund infrastructure items necessary to support development. All such agreements shall be necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms, directly related to the development and fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind. Details of infrastructure projects are found in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan. This is a ‘live’ document and will be regularly reviewed and updated and the most up-to-date version will be used to assess the type of infrastructure towards which contributions may be sought.

[3.08.08] Should a planning application be proposed to deliver an infrastructure project, a project level Habitats Regulations Assessment may be required to support the decision making process.

Current situation

[3.08.02] The Infrastructure Delivery Plan for the Lake District identifies planned infrastructure improvements and deficiencies in existing provision. New developments can lead to greater pressures on existing infrastructure so it is important that new development is supported by adequate infrastructure. Where there is not adequate infrastructure in place we need to ensure that development provides the necessary infrastructure or contributes financially to its provision. There are many types of infrastructure which are defined in the Glossary.