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Help shape planning policy in South Lakeland

26 October 2016

Residents are being invited to have their say on a document that will guide all future development and planning decisions in South Lakeland.

The draft Development Management Policy sets out the policies that will help determine whether or not planning applications are given permission.

The comprehensive policy document will address issues such as design requirements, ensuring new development protects and enhances South Lakeland’s heritage, how much open space and parking should be provided in new developments and what requirements can be put on developers to ensure that they best address flood risk or drainage and pollution issues.

The development management policies will also address specific matters including how new development can best support broadband improvements, what rules should be in place to decide when and where it is acceptable to develop new camping or caravanning sites, hot food takeaways or new equestrian sites and the approach to development in Kendal Town Centre and Kendal Canal Head

At present, all planning applications in South Lakeland outside the National Parks are assessed against policies in the Core Strategy, Land Allocations and saved policies from the ‘old’ Local Plan. The new development management policies will provide an update to take into account latest national planning policies and guidance.

A consultation on the sort of issues that should be included in the development management policy was held in late 2015 and now South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has taken account of the response in drafting its preferred policies for further consultation.

Residents can now have their say on these draft policies and whether they think there are any alternative approaches that the council should consider.

The draft policies do not deal with how much development should be located in the district, or sites for new development, as this has already been established through the land allocations process, but it will be an important document in helping the council to ensure future development is appropriate to today’s and future need.

Responses from this latest consultation will be taken into account and used to draw-up a final set of policies which will be published for further consultation next year.

Residents can take a look at the draft policy at two drop-in consultation events, in Ulverston and Kendal, and will be able to ask questions and discuss the draft document with council officers.

The public consultation events for the draft development management policy will take place at:

  • 17 November, 2016 – Main Hall, Coronation Hall, Ulverston (2pm-7pm)
  • 1 December 2016 - Romney Room, Kendal Town Hall, Kendal (2pm-7pm)

Anyone who is unable to get along to the events can still have their say.

Comments on the draft plan are being invited between Thursday, 10 November 2016 and the deadline of 5pm on Thursday, 5 January 2017.

The period of consultation allows eight weeks in which comments can be submitted. This is two weeks longer than a standard six week consultation period and has been chosen to take the Christmas break into account.

Comments can be made by using the online consultation response on SLDC's website.

Anyone that doesn’t have access to the website can contact SLDC’s development plans team to request a response form. These forms can also be picked up from any of the consultation events and can be returned to the council by email or post.

The documents may also be viewed on the SLDC website.

For any further information, visit the website, or contact the council’s development plans team:

developmentplans@southlakeland.gov.uk Tel 01539 793388

Development Plans Team, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4DQ