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Parish development

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is fully committed to working with Local Councils including Parish & Town Councils and Parish Meetings. We are signed up to the Parish Charter led by Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) and as a result of this have a Parish Liaison Officer.

Community Led Plans 

The aim of the Parish Liaison Officer is to support parishes and communities with the development of Community Led Plans (also known as Parish Plans). These Community Led Plans are ways that local areas can define their needs and priorities, put a plan into action and work with local organisations to help deliver the outcomes. These plans require support and acknowledgement from public sector organisations to help with the delivery and through Local Area Partnerships influence service planning and budgets. 

SLDC is working with Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) to increase the support available to groups, to encourage communities to produce a plan for their area. By increasing the support available during the process the groups are able to develop robust plans. ACT will also provide training for officers, councillors and parishes on Community Led Plans. Work relating to the Localism Bill has identified the potential of further joining up Community Led Plans with the work of Local Area Partnerships and improving LAP communications has been identified and linked to further parish development. 

As part of this work ACT reviewed Community Led Planning in South lakeland and interviewed ten Community plan Groups. View the Community Led Plan Review Report with SLDC's response (PDF/126KB/14 pages) for more information.

Neighbourhood Plans 

If your community is thinking about preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, please get in touch with the Development Plans Team developmentplans@southlakeland.gov.uk as early as possible so that they can discuss this with you and help you decide on the way forward for your parish.

If you are working on a Neighbourhood Plan or are planning to do so, you may also find it useful to read our Neighbourhood Planning Protocol (PDF/242KB/7 pages).