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Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhoods can have a say on new development in their area by working together to prepare:

  • neighbourhood plans
  • neighbourhood development orders

If your community is thinking about preparing a neighbourhood plan contact  

Please contact us as early as possible so we can help you decide on the way forward.

You may also find it useful to read the Neighbourhood Planning protocol (PDF/242KB/7 pages).

You can see the location of all the designated neighbourhood areas on our interactive map.

Latest News

Heversham and Hincaster Neighbourhood Plan Passes Referendum

Heversham and Hincaster Neighbourhood Plan was subject to referendum on 16 February 2017. More than half of those voting in the referendum voted in favour of the plan. To see the referendum results and for more information see the Heversham and Hincaster section below and the Heversham and Hincaster Neighbourhood Planning Referendum results.

Neighbourhood plans in South Lakeland

Heversham and Hincaster

Following successful referendum on 16 February 2017, the decision has been taken to 'make' the Plan and adopt it as part of the Development Plan for South Lakeland. It will now be used to guide land use and development proposals within Heversham and Hincaster Parishes until 2025.

The Final 'made' Plan and Regulation 19 Decision Statement can be viewed during normal opening hours at South Lakeland House, Kendal, LA9 4DL and at Milnthorpe library.

All the relevant documents can be found below: 

Following comments received from Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency we have determined that a full Strategic Environmental Assessment is not required.

Burneside Neighbourhood Area Application

A steering group is working on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parishes of Strickland Roger and Strickland Ketel excluding the areas allocated for development in South Lakeland District Council's Local Plan known as Land West of High Sparrowmire and part of Land North of Laurel Gardens.

The Lake District National Park Authority has also approved the application; details of their formal designation are available on the National Park Authority’s Neighbourhood Plans webpage.

Burneside Neighbourhood Plan: Call for Sites

As part of the early stages of the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan, Burneside Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are conducting a 'Call for Sites' exercise between 20 December and 31 January 2017. This is an opportunity to suggest land that you think may be appropriate for development in the Burneside Neighbourhood Area.

More information can be found in their Call for Sites leaflet (PDF/126KB/1 page).

Work on Preparing the Plan - Environmental Screening

As part of the early stages of preparing the Neighbourhood Plan, the Burneside Neighbourhood Plan Objectives Report has been screened to decide whether the Plan will need to be subject Strategic Environmental Assessment or Habitats Regulations Assessment. These assessments are legal requirements for Plans that are considered likely to have significant environmental impacts or impacts on sites designated  at an international level for their biodiversity importance.


A steering group is working on preparing a neighbourhood plan for Grange-over-Sands Parish.

Lower Allithwaite

A steering group is working on preparing a neighbourhood plan for Lower Allithwaite Parish. 

Neighbourhood planning guidance 

The Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Association of Local Councils have produced a guide called How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning.

There is also additional information at  Planning Help

Government guidance includes a guide to neighbourhood planning and the  Neighbourhood Planning section of the National Planning Policy Guidance.

Cumbria Association of Local Councils and Action with Communities in Cumbria have produced a Local Guide to Neighbourhood Planning.

Further information can be found below:

You can also find out more about community led planning.

You may also be interested in reading our parish charter.