The Local Plan

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.

The Local Plan helps deliver wider objectives included in other strategies and in our Council Plan.

We are reviewing our current Local Plan. For more information and to get involved please visit our Local Plan Review page.

Our Local Plan includes:

Core Strategy: Provides the strategic planning framework for the district, outside the National Parks. It sets out the long term vision, objectives and policies that guide proposals in the other Local Plan documents.

Land Allocations: Allocates land in our district for homes and jobs, and safeguards areas from development.

Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD): Contains a set of planning policies that are used in the determination of planning applications, to ensure high standards of new development.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Development Plan Document (DPD): Allocates sites for development and policies to guide development management decisions across the whole AONB, reflecting its special qualities and national protected landscape designation.

Neighbourhood Plans: Plans prepared by local communities to guide development in their local area.

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. 

Supplementary planning documents

We also have a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD): Documents that provide extra detail on Local Plan policies and information to guide particular types or aspects of development, or particular sites. Our current SPDs include:

  • Development Briefs provide planning guidance on how specific larger, complex or sensitive sites should be developed. These have been prepared for a number of sites in our Land Allocations plan.
  • Cumbria Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document prepared by Cumbria County Council and other Cumbrian authorities, this document provides guidance as to where wind farms might be built. We adopted it as an SPD in December 2007.

Local Plan guidance notes

We also prepare additional guidance notes to explain how Local Plan policies will be applied, for example if uncertainty arises from national policy changes or ministerial statements. The following guidance notes are currently available:

Other Local Plan documents

The links below provide additional information on documents and reports that are related to the Local Plan.

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

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.

Local Development Scheme: Sets out a timetable for preparing documents to be included in the Local Plan.

Annual Monitoring Report: Reviews progress made in the preparation of Local Plan documents and assesses the effectiveness of policies.

Statement of Community Involvement (PDF 247KB / 29 pages): Setting out how and when we will engage with the community and other key stakeholders when we prepare and revise Local Plan documents.

North West Marine Plans

The Marine Management Organisation is preparing a Marine Plan for the North West. Once adopted, it will provide a framework to shape and inform decisions over how the area's waters (inshore, offshore and inter-tidal areas) are developed, protected and improved. From 14 January 2020 the draft plan is a statutory consideration, where relevant, in making decisions on planning applications.

North West Marine Plan provides more information, including the Draft North West Marine Plan.