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Development Management Policies

We are currently preparing a Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) for South Lakeland outside the National Parks. This document will provide detailed policies that will be used in the determination of planning applications, and help manage and shape the quality of new development.

At present development proposals are assessed against the Local Plan Core Strategy (PDF/4.36MB/180 pages), Land Allocations and the 'saved' policies of the South Lakeland Local Plan 2006. Some policies in the South Lakeland Local Plan 2006 and some topic areas covered by other existing policies require updating or supplementing to reflect changes in national policy and local circumstances.

Development Management Policies: Pre-publication consultation (19 June 2017 to 17 July 2017)

Following consultation on the Draft DPD in winter 2016/17, we are now consulting on proposed main changes to the policies contained in the draft document and the introduction of two new policies.

These changes are set out in a Development Management Policies – Main Changes document (PDF/2.07MB/59pages). The changes apply to the following policies:

  • DM1 General Requirements;
  • DM2 Design
  • DM3 Historic Environment;
  • DM4 Green Infrastructure, Open Space, Trees and Landscaping;
  • DM6 Flood Risk Management and Sustainable Drainage Systems;
  • DM8 Telecommunications and Broadband (clarification of a requirement for a ‘fibre’ connection to dwellings on sites over 30 units);
  • DM11 Accessible and Adaptable Homes (adding a requirement to consider a proportion of wheelchair adaptable dwellings – as opposed to wheelchair accessible – dwellings on large sites subject to evidence);
  • DM18 Tourist Accommodation (introducing a spatial dimension to the location of caravan sites more in line with Core Strategy);
  • DM19 Equestrian Related Development;
  • New policies:
    • DM25 New Agricultural Buildings (including a Sustainability Appraisal);
    • DM26 Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People (including a Sustainability Appraisal).

We are now seeking your views on these proposed main changes. We are also consulting on an updated Optional Housing Standards – Evidence Topic Paper (PDF/1.13MB/38pages).

To support the Draft DM DPD, the Council has commissioned a viability study to consider its viability implications. The study will then inform the final publication version of the DPD.

Hard copies of the Main Changes document and the Optional Housing Standards Evidence Topic Paper are also available to view at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4DL
  • District Council Offices, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ
  • Libraries in Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe*, Grange and Arnside.

*Note - Milnthorpe library will be closed from 19 to 24 June 2017.

Comments are invited between Monday 19 June 2017 and 5pm Monday 17 July 2017. These can be made by:

Following pre-publication consultation, we will consider the responses made, along with comment made to the Draft DPD consultation. We will use these comments to inform the preparation of a submission version of the plan for publication. Publication will provide a final opportunity for people to make representations. The document will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and an independent inspector will be appointed to conduct a public examination into the soundness of the plan. The Inspector will take into account the representations made at publication stage. After the Inspector's report is received, the Council will consider adopting the plan, subject to any recommended changes.

Earlier Consultations

We invited comments on the Draft Development Management Policies DPD (Oct 2016) (PDF/3.18MB/150 pages) along with an Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report (PDF/2.76MB/459 pages) and Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (PDF/2.77MB/70 pages)  between 10 November 2016 and 5 January 2017.  Responses to this consultation can be viewed on our consultations page.

We consulted on an Issues and Options Discussion Paper (PDF/1.72MB/96 pages) (and associated SA Scoping Report (PDF/572KB/62 pages) ) from 6 November to 18 December 2015. Comments received can be viewed at


The Secretary of State has approved a Boundary Variation Order. This means that from August 1 2016, the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks have been extended to include some areas of South Lakeland. The Development Management Policies DPD will not apply to the affected areas. In these areas, relevant Core Strategy Policies, Land Allocations and 'saved' Local Plan policies will apply (supplemented by National Policy on protected landscapes) until the relevant National Park Authority adopts a Local Plan that covers the new areas.