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Local Development Scheme

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The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the formal work programme which sets out the documents that will be produced to form the Local Plan for Copeland (excluding the area within the Lake District National Park) over the next three years.

It provides the starting point for the local community to find out what the current planning policies are for the area and sets out the programme for the preparation of Local Development Documents (LDDs) to replace existing Local Plan policies.

The Council approved an updated Local Development Scheme on November 2019.

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 current Local Development Scheme is available to download below:

Copeland Local Development Scheme 2019 (Pdf)


Contact us: Planning Policy Team, Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28 7JG. Telephone: 01946 598300. E-mail: