2021: Issues and Options and second Call for Sites

Last Updated: 18 November 2021

Our ‘Issues and Options’ stage of our Local Plan Review ran from 30 June to 29 October 2021. This was an early stage of the process where we presented some of the key issues in planning for South Lakeland to 2040. We set out a number of options and approaches on how the new Local Plan might address the issues and asked for views on them.

If you did not get chance to provide us with your views by 29 October we are happy to accept late responses. We will keep the online survey open until 5 November for late responses or you can email development.plans@southlakeland.gov.uk with your comments.

Issues and Options Public Consultation 30 June to 29 October 2021

The main document we consulted on was the ‘Issues and Options’ report. This set out the main issues we are planning for and presented a number of policy options and approaches for addressing them, which we sought views on.

Issues and Options consultation report (PDF 9MB / 234 pages)

We prepared a virtual consultation room containing exhibition boards and a welcome video, and links to all our documents, virtual ‘drop in’ sessions and online survey.

Access the South Lakeland Local Plan virtual consultation room. Please note, this link does not work on Internet Explorer, you will need to use another browser eg Firefox or Chrome.

We also prepared a summary leaflet to provide an overview of the consultation and the issues we were seeking views on: Issues and Options consultation summary leaflet (PDF 354KB / 4 pages)

We also prepared a range of supporting documents as part of the consultation:

On the 14th July 2021 we held an online stakeholder workshop to discuss our Issues and Options report. You can read a summary Stakeholder Workshop Report.

How to get involved

There were a wide range of ways that people were invited to get involved in the Issues and Options consultation.

We encouraged as many people as possible to give us their views through our issues and options online survey.

You can view responses that were submitted: Issues and Options consultation responses. Responses that were received by email or post are in the process of being uploaded to our survey.

We also created a short online survey for secondary school age students: Young people's survey

We also offered ‘virtual chat’ sessions with our Officers via Microsoft Teams on Tuesdays 11am-12pm throughout the consultation period.

As the consultation period progressed we closely monitored the COVID-19 situation and by October we were in a position to safely run a series of in person drop in events, and so extended the consultation deadline from 30 September to 29 October.

These were held at the following locations from 3pm to 7pm:

  • Tuesday 12 October: Kirkby Lonsdale, Lunesdale Hall
  • Friday 15 October: Milnthorpe, M: Hub
  • Monday 18 October: Kendal Town Hall (Town Council Chamber)
  • Wednesday 20 October: Ulverston, Coronation Hall
  • Friday 22 October: Grange-over-Sands, Victoria Hall

Planning Officers were on hand to listen to and discuss any views in response to the consultation. These were open public consultation events with a range of Covid secure measures in place. Almost 250 people came along to our drop in sessions and lots of interesting conversations were had.

Call for Sites 2021

We also ran a second ‘Call for Sites’ exercise alongside the Issues and Options consultation. This invited suggestions for sites to be considered for allocation for housing or employment development.

You can find out more on our Call for Sites survey page, and we will publish the sites submitted in the 2021 Call for Sites there: Call for Sites 2021.

Sites submitted in this Call for Sites are being assessed in our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). A draft of the SHELAA study should be available for comment in early 2022. You can find out more about the SHELAA by reading the methodology report which explains what the study is and how we will produce it.

SHELAA methodology report