Local Plan

A Local Plan sets out the vision for future development in the council's area.

Local Plans, prepared by the council in consultation with its community, set out a vision and a framework for the future development of an area. Once in place, Local Plans become part of the statutory development plan for the area, which is the starting point for determining planning applications. 

Cumberland Council inherited the local development plan documents (local plans) of each of the former councils including the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan documents.  These documents will continue to be used, in the relevant former council areas, to decide planning applications until they are replaced by new Cumberland Local Plan documents. All current and emerging Local Plans and supporting documents are listed in the Cumberland consolidated policy document: Cumberland Consolidated Planning Policy Framework January 2023 (PDF 445.2KB).

Work on a new Cumberland Local Plan has just started. When it is adopted it will replace the existing local plans.

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