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What is 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. 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.

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

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.

Development Management policies: Policies to guide development management decisions, such as looking for and meeting needs for Gypsy and Traveller sites.

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.

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