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Think of planning and you might think of complicated rules and red tape, but planning is about the future and future generations, it’s about people and communities and it’s about all of us working together to make sure that the right building and development, of the right design and quality, happens in the right place, at the right time, and the impact of any new development is well managed.

We do this by preparing a Local Plan, which looks ahead 20 years to the year 2045. It carefully considers how many new homes and workplaces our area needs to continue to thrive, while also protecting our local and historic character and special landscapes, green spaces and environment. The Local Plan doesn’t just set out rules – it seeks to make our area better, and is a key tool in helping us to identify and address the challenges for people and wildlife arising from climate change.

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How to take part

We can’t get the Local Plan right without input from the community. That’s why we need to consult on the Local Plan throughout its preparation. After each consultation, we carefully look through your comments and amend the Local Plan where we need to.

Your input is crucial and we value your opinions, so please share your thoughts through our online surveys or at our drop in events. If you prefer a quicker option, consider posting on our Conversation Message Board. Please continue to check back on this page for opportunities to have your say in future rounds of consultation.

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Current opportunities to get involved in the Local Plan

Westmorland and Furness Design Code Survey 2024

About the Design Code This survey is designed to collect views on the future Westmorland and Furness Design Code. It explores design preferences, local views on development and aims to understand the different characters of places across Westmorland and Furness. The design code will cover the Westmorland and Furness Council area excluding those parts within the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to...

Westmorland and Furness Local Plan: Early Conversation Survey 2024

We are at a very early stage in preparing the Local Plan. Before we put pen to paper on the new plan, we are starting with a conversation with you about the places you live, work and visit across the Local Plan area. What is a Local Plan? The Local Plan: allocates sites for housing and other developments, such as new employment sites and minerals and waste sites (e.g. quarries and recycling centres) ensures a steady and adequate supply of aggregates (minerals) to...

Local Plan Conversation Board

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas! We are at a very early stage in preparing the Local Plan, and we would like to hear your thoughts on a range of topics about our places. Your views will help shape the vision for the Local Plan, the issues that it needs to address and how these will be tackled. We want you to think about not just the here and now, but what is best for the future of the area – the things that your children or grandchildren will want from future development. ...

Westmorland and Furness Call for Sites 2024: Housing and Employment Sites

We are starting work and gathering evidence on a new Local Plan for Westmorland and Furness (excluding the National Parks). When this is adopted, it will replace the existing district-wide Local Plans adopted by the former Barrow, Eden and South Lakeland Councils. As part of this, the Council is running a Call for Sites exercise, asking people to identify land or sites that are available to be developed for housing and/or employment purposes. We are particularly interested to hear about...

Westmorland and Furness Call for Sites 2024: Waste

Westmorland and Furness Council is producing a new Local Plan for the district. This will include policies for minerals and waste which, once adopted, will replace the policies in the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan currently allocates the following sites for provision of waste management facilities within the Westmorland and Furness district: Specific Site Allocation - SL18 – land adjacent Kendal Fell Quarry to replace...

Westmorland and Furness Call for Sites 2024: Minerals

Westmorland and Furness Council is producing a new Local Plan for the district. This will include policies for minerals and waste which, once adopted, will replace the policies in the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan currently allocates the following sites for minerals extraction within the Westmorland and Furness district: Preferred Areas: M18 – Stamphill, Long Marton for gypsum; M27 –...

Westmorland & Furness Local Plan Area and Drop in Event Locations

Westmorland and Furness Council must prepare a Local Plan for the district outside the National Parks (the national parks prepare their own local plans). This interactive map shows the area within the Westmorland & Furness Local Planning Area.

As part of our early conversation on the Westmorland and Furness Local Plan, we will be hosting a number of drop in events throughout the area. These locations can be viewed on the map below (click on the pin to view the name of the venue, and the date and time of the event).

This is an interactive map.

The map shows Westmorland and Furness. There are a number of red pins that show the locations of public drop in events.

 

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