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Design Quality Supplementary Planning Document

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The Design Quality Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will build on relevant Core Strategy and Development Management policies to develop a foundation for driving up the standard of built development in the Borough. As well as giving a clear basis for decision making it will serve as a guide to developers as to what standards Copeland is looking for. It will also give updated guidance on the technicalities of planning applications, such as Design and Access Statements and ‘Building for Life’ standards.  Its aims are to encourage development which reflects Copeland’s distinctive character, and to foster creative modern architecture which enhances our towns and villages, rather than clashing with them.

Early discussions have been held with representatives of the Locality Partnerships and the development industry, which will feed into the draft document, currently being produced. We hope to publish a draft, for public comment, in late summer or early autumn.


For further information contact The Planning Policy Team on 01946 598300.  E-mail: