Local Plan Review

Last Updated: 26 May 2021

We are starting work on a review of our Local Plan to ensure that all our planning policies are up to date and continue to meet the development needs of our area.

We are currently at the early stages of the review. We undertook some early engagement activities in early 2020 and also launched a 'Call for Sites' exercise in July. You can read about the work to date on the review below. We are currently working on evidence gathering and scoping of key issues and options for the plan and intend to publish an 'Issues and Options' document for consultation in early 2021.

As we prepare evidence base studies and reports they will be added to the evidence section.

We are currently revising the timetable for the Local Plan Review and will be publishing an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) to update the October 2018 LDS.

If you would like to be notified of forthcoming consultations on the Local Plan Review please sign up to our consultation mailing list so you can get involved.

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Call for Sites July 2020 - Housing and employment sites

As part of the early scoping work on our Local Plan Review we are preparing two key studies – the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Employment Land and Premises Review (ELPR). To inform both of these studies we launched a ‘Call for Sites’ in July 2020 to invite suggestions for land that may be suitable, available and achievable for housing or employment uses. Further call for sites exercises will be undertaken as the Local Plan review progresses and may include a range of other uses. We prepared a guidance note on the Call for Sites exercise, to provide background information and guidance for anyone submitting a site for consideration in our studies.

We did not seek site suggestions within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in this exercise as there is a recently adopted Local Plan for this area.

We are currently reviewing the sites that were submitted and will publish our initial assessment of the sites alongside our Local Plan Issues and Options consultation in early 2021.

Following consultation in January and February 2020 we have now finalised our methodology for preparing the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). Details of the consultation can be found on our Planning Policy Consultations page.

Early engagement February to September 2020

We undertook some early engagement activities to scope out the review and update of our Local Plan. The purpose of this engagement was to:

  • inform people about the review process and encourage them to get involved
  • start discussions around which parts of our Local Plan need reviewing or updating
  • generate conversations and share views on the planning issues facing us as we plan for future development in the district up to 2040

We prepared a range of documents to help generate discussions and invite people's views, and these can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Paper copies were also available to view at South Lakeland House (Kendal), Coronation Hall (Ulverston) and libraries in Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Grange-over-Sands and Arnside.

Early engagement documents

We also prepared a range of 'topic sheets' based on different subject areas to provide some useful background information and to help generate discussions. The topic sheets provide key facts and figures, and explain the current Local Plan's position on these topics, and the issues that we think we need to consider as we review and update the Local Plan.

Online survey

We launched an online survey for you to give us your views during the early engagement period. There were two versions of the survey: a short overview survey based on our summary leaflet and a longer survey based on the questions in our more detailed Discussion Paper. You can read all responses to the surveys at the links below, which include any comments to the survey that were received via post or email. We are also preparing a Consultation Statement to summarise and pull together all the feedback we received.

We also held some drop-in events for communities to come and chat to Council officers. Events were held in Kirkby Lonsdale, Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston in February and early March but the final two events in Kendal and Milnthorpe were cancelled due to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic.

Stakeholder Launch Event

On 6 March 2020 we held an event to launch the review of the Local Plan with a wide range of stakeholders. The purpose of the event was to inform stakeholders about the Local Plan review process, to explore the key issues facing South Lakeland, and to share early thoughts on which areas of our Local Plan need reviewing. It was also an important opportunity for us to learn how stakeholders would like to be engaged in the process going forwards so that we can build successful working relationships.

Stakeholder Launch Event Report (PDF 18MB / 54 pages)