Background
Background

Planning

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Regeneration

  1. Love It Or Lose It

    Planning guidance for people living in conservation areas, older properties, or listed buildings. Tips on how to conserve and protect your building, and planning guidance to help you decide what changes are appropriate.

Environmental health

  1. Contaminated land

    Copeland, like most of the country, has a long history of industrial activity which has led to a legacy of contaminated land. Where land is contaminated there may be serious consequences for human health and the environment. The law (2000 Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990)  requires us to inspect our area for contaminated land and ensure it is cleared up appropriately.

  2. Copeland Council's contaminated land strategy

    This document sets out our approach to contaminated land in Copeland.

  3. Guide for developers

    A joint guide written by all Cumbrian local authorities to help developers deal with contaminated land.

Planning

  1. Self Build and Custom Housebuild Register

    Copeland has a succesful tradition of self build developments in the Borough

  2. Listed building consent

    The form to use to apply for planning permission for a listed building.

  3. Advertisements and signs

    Do I need consent to display an advert or sign?

  4. Ennerdale Bridge

     Map of Ennerdale Bridge highlighting the proposed Site Allocations. 

    For more information on the Site Allocations and Policies Plan, please click here

    To give feedback, please click here

  5. Conservation area consent

    Local authorities have the power (under Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990) to designate as conservation areas, any area of special architectural or historic interest. This means the planning authority has extra powers to control works and demolition of buildings to protect or improve the character or appearance of the area.

    How are conservation areas chosen for designation?
    Conservation areas are usually chosen as places of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which should be preserved or enhanced.

    The special character of these areas is not just made up of buildings, it is also defined by other features which contribute to particular views and the familiar local scene:

    • the way roads, paths and boundaries are laid out
    • characteristic building and paving materials
    • the way buidings are used
    • public and private spaces, such as gardens, parks and greens
    • trees and street furniture

    Conservation areas give protection across a broader area of land than listing individual buildings and all features within the area, listed or otherwise, may be recognised as part of its character.

  6. Trees within Conservation Areas

    Are all trees growing within a Conservation Area protected?

  7. Egremont

    Map of Egremont highlighting the proposed Site Allocations. 

    For more information on the Site Allocations and Policies Plan, please click here

    To give feedback, please click here

  8. Advertisement consent application

    The form to use to apply for planning permission for an external advertisement or sign.

  9. Self Build Register Application Form - Individual

    Self Build Register Application Form - Individual

  10. High Hedges

     How do you complain about your neighbour's hedges? What is the legislation? Here we give you all the facts and guidance on how to deal with such an issue.

  11. Distington

    Map of Distington highlighting the proposed Site Allocations. 

    For more information on the Site Allocations and Policies Plan, please click here

    To give feedback, please click here

  12. Discharge of conditions

    Most planning approvals contain some planning conditions. Conditions are used to ensure that development that may not be considered acceptable, can be approved subject to certain criteria. These criteria are detailed in conditions. Some conditions require you to submit details about particular aspects of the development to the local planning authority and others restrict certain things you can do as part of the development. The approval of details reserved by conditions is also known as 'discharging conditions'.

    A typical condition requiring the submission of further details may read

    'Details of the glazing to be used on the ground floor rear window should be submitted to and approved in writing prior to the commencement of the development'.

    A typical condition restricting things you can do as part of the development may read

    'The roof of the rear extension hereby approved shall not be used at any time as a roof terrace without the prior approval of xyz'.

    Any condition that requires the submission of details must be 'discharged' in accordance with the wording of the condition. In most cases this is prior to the commencement of the entire development. Occasionally, some conditions can be discharged prior to the relevant part of the development taking place. Please consult your decision notice for the exact wording of your conditions.

    In order to discharge a planning condition, you must submit the details, along with a completed application form and the appropriate fee to the planning department. All discharge of conditions incur a fee with the exception of conditions imposed on listed building consents and conservation area consent applications. It may take up to 8 weeks to receive a decision on a discharge of condition application.

  13. Self Build Register Application Form - Association

    Self Build Register Application Form - Association

  14. Householder development enquiries

    Before you apply for planning permission, you may want to check with us whether permission is needed. To help us advise you whether you need planning permission please download and complete the relevant householder enquiry form

  15. Whitehaven

    Map of Whitehaven highlighting the proposed Site Allocations. 

    For more information on the Site Allocations and Policies Plan, please click here

    To give feedback, please click here

  16. Non material amendments

    Application form to use to request minor changes to your planning application.

  17. Planning Panel

    Planning Panel

  18. What is Planning Enforcement?

    Planning enforcement is action we can take when works have been carried out without planning permission.

  19. Thornhill

    Map of Thornhill highlighting the proposed Site Allocations. 

    For more information on the Site Allocations and Policies Plan, please click here

    To give feedback, please click here

  20. Guidance - prior approval for house extension

    Guidance on prior approval for a house extension.

  21. What happens to my building or planning complaint?

    Once we have concluded our investigation into your complaint or report of a breach of planning permission we will inform you of the outcome and what action we have taken. Every reported breach of planning control is different; some reports can take a couple of weeks to resolve while others can take significantly longer.

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