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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.

Following consultation on an Issues and Options Discussion Paper in 2015, we have recently completed a consultation on the Draft DPD.  Details of both consultations along with links to all associated documents can be viewed below.

We are now considering the responses made to the Draft DPD consultation and will be preparing a proposed submission version of the plan for publication. Upon publication of this proposed submission version, there is a further opportunity to make representations. The document will then be submitted to the Secretary of State and an independent inspector appointed to conduct a public examination into the soundness of the plan, taking into account the representations made on the proposed submission version. After the inspector's report is received, the Councils will jointly consider adopting the plan, subject to any recommended changes.

Draft Development Management Policies DPD Consultation (10 November 2016 to 5 January 2017)

We invited comments on Draft Development Management Policies DPD (Oct 2016) (PDF/3.18MB/150 pages) between 10 November 2016 and 5 January 2017.  Responses to this consultation can be viewed on our consultations page.

The following documents supported the Draft DPD consultation:

We published a brief summary document (PDF/6.30MB/6 pages) that gives an overview of the different policies covered within the DM DPD.


The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for preparing this document.

Development Management Policies: Issues and Options Consultation (November to December 2015)

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.