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Copeland Development Plan

Development Planning is a vital tool in helping the Council and the community respond to the challenges that lie ahead for the Copeland borough.  It can help us to prepare the land, the places, the infrastructure and the services that will be needed, and it can set out the basis for making choices about new development.  

This page sets out the statutory planning documents which make up the current Development Plan. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan unless other material considerations indicate otherwise. The current Development Plan comprises the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD (Adopted in December 2013) and a number of policies “saved” from the Copeland Local Plan 2001-2016. These documents are considered further below.

The Council is currently in the process of producing a new Local Plan which will replace the Core Strategy and saved policies. At the current time Local Plan progress remains a Council priority, the Strategic Planning Team is continuing to progress work on the Preferred Options Draft  Local Plan’.  However in  light of the current  situation with Covid 19 and the current restrictions that are in place, it is likely that  consultation on the Preferred Options stage of the Local Plan will be later than identified in the Local Development Scheme (LDS). We will keep the situation under regular review and update the Local Plan pages of the website accordingly. The emerging Local Plan considered further below.

 

Local Plan Consultation

Copeland Borough Council ran a 10 week public consultation on the Preferred Options Draft of the Local Plan between Monday 21st September and Monday 30th November 2020. All responses received will be given full consideration over the following months and will help inform the next draft of the Local Plan, the Publication Draft, anticipated in late Summer 2021. The Council will produce a Preferred Options Consultation Document to support the Publication Draft which will summarise responses received and how the Council has addressed them.


 

Emerging Planning Policy

The second draft of the Local Plan, the Preferred Options Draft, was produced in September 2020. The Preferred Options draft identified the Council’s preferred policies (strategic and development management policies) and allocations. The Preferred Options Draft and supporting documents can be found here: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/content/local-plan-preferred-options

Call for Sites - Gypsy and traveller sites

The Council has a responsibility to meet the housing needs of all its residents including those who identify as gypsies, travellers or travelling showpeople under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. We also have a duty under the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015 to ensure a rolling 5 year supply of deliverable sites for travellers.

A Cumbria wide Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment is currently being produced to identify needs across the County. Initial findings indicate there is a need for 12 permanent gypsy and traveller pitches in Copeland up to the year 2035. The G&T Assessment is anticipated for completion in May this year.

In order to address identified needs through the emerging Local Plan, the Council is running a call for sites between Friday 9th April and Friday 21st May 2021. If you own a site which is between 0.2ha and 1 hectare in size that may be suitable as gypsy and traveller site we would be grateful if you would complete and submit a Call for Sites form, along with a map showing the site’s boundary and location. Forms are available here and should be returned to localplanconsultation@copeland.gov.uk or the Strategic Planning Team, Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Whitehaven, CA28 7JG.

Any sites submitted will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The site is well related to an existing sustainable settlement, with safe and convenient access to the main highway network, and a range of basic and everyday community services and facilities including education health, shopping facilities and transport provision;
  • The site must not lead to the unacceptable loss, or significant adverse impact on landscape character and value, important heritage assets and their settings, nature conservation or biodiversity sites;
  • The site would offer a suitable level of residential amenity to any proposed occupiers, and will not have an unacceptable adverse impact upon the amenity of nearby residents (e.g. in terms of privacy, overbearing impact etc);
  • The site must be capable of being designed to ensure that appropriate landscaping and planting would provide and maintain visual amenity in perpetuity; and
  • Pitch size, type and parking will be designed in accordance with national standards.

The most suitable site will then be included as a draft allocation in the Local Plan Publication Draft. This will be subject to a 6 week public consultation and during this time people will be able to give their views on the suitability of the site.


 

Call for Sites - Housing

Call for Sites – Housing closed on 30th November 2020.

 Please note if you have any further sites that you wish to submit they will now only be accepted at the Publication stage, anticipated in Summer 2021.

 A list of sites previously put forward for consideration can be found in the Strategic Housing Land Availability document available at the following link:  Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment page.


 

Call for Sites - Non Residential Uses

The non-residential call for sites closed on 30th November 2020.

Please note if you have any further sites that you wish to submit they will now only be accepted at the Publication stage, anticipated in Summer 2021.

 A list of sites previously put forward for consideration as an employment site can be found in the Assessment of Employment Land, Opportunity Sites and Regeneration Areas document here: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/attachments/assessment-employment-land-opportunity-sites-and-regeneration-areas-2020

 

The Current Development Plan

The Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD (adopted 5 December 2013) forms the main part of the Development Plan for the borough.  The Council will also continue to have regard to the remaining ‘saved’ policies from the Copeland Local Plan 2001-2016 (adopted 2006) relating to specific areas of land (which will be reviewed in the Local Plan).

The Copeland Local Plan is currently made up of the following statutory planning documents which are used as the basis for determining planning applications:



The documents above can also be viewed at Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28 7JG and libraries across the Copeland borough.

On the 9th May 2017, Copeland Borough Council announced that it cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of housing sites. In light of this the Copeland Interim Housing Policy was produced which is available here: Copeland Interim Housing Policy - May 2017. The Five year supply position has now been updated and the Council is able to demonstrate in excess of 5 years supply of deliverable housing sites. Given this the Interim Housing Policy has now been revoked. Further information regarding the Five Year Supply is available in the Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Paper available here: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/attachments/five-year-housing-land-supply-statement-202021


 

Other Key Planning Documents

The following key planning documents support the Copeland Local Plan:

  • Supplementary Planning Documents - cover a range of issues and provide further explanation or detail as to how a policy in the Development Plan should be implemented and are a material consideration in making decisions on planning applications and will therefore carry significant weight in decision-making.

 

 

 

  • Monitoringassesses the implementation of the Local Development Scheme and the extent to which policies in the Local Plan are being successfully implemented.