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The Local Plan

Our Local plan sets out how we will meet three objectives in our Council Plan:

  • to provide homes to meet needs
  • to create opportunities for economic growth
  • to enhance our environment

The plan sets out our vision and a framework for the future development of our district outside the National Parks. It looks at needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure. It is also used for safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design.

Our Local Plan includes:

Core Strategy: Setting out the strategic planning policies for our district.

Land Allocations: Allocating land in our district for homes and jobs.

Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD): Policies to guide development management decisions, such as looking for and meeting needs for Gypsy and Traveller sites.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document (DPD): Allocated sites for development and policies to guide development management decisions across the whole AONB.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): A charge on some new developments to pay towards infrastructure improvements.

'Saved' Local Plan Policies: Policies 'saved' from the adopted 1997 Local Plan (saved Local Plan 2006) that will remain in force until replaced by the Development Management policies and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB DPD.

Neighbourhood Plans: Helping communities develop their own plans which can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land, such as the location and appearance of new buildings.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD): Documents providing extra detail and information to guide particular types or aspects of development, or particular sites. Our current SPDs include:

A summary and links to the documents that make up the South Lakeland Local Plan. Local Plan on One Page (PDF/2.08MB/1 page).

Local Plan Evidence: A wide range of studies and data providing background information to the Local Plan, including evidence relating to five year land supply.

Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Prepared by Cumbria County Council, this document sets out policies and allocates sites to guide minerals and waste management development across Cumbria.