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Local Plan 2021-2038 Publication Draft Consultation

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Copeland Borough Council is holding a six week public consultation on the final draft of the new Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038: The Publication Draft that runs from Monday 10th January 2022 until Monday 21st February 2022.

The new Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038, which covers the area of Copeland outside the Lake District National Park, will:

  • Identify how much development should take place and where it should go
  • Provide guidance for high quality developments and the infrastructure required to support them
  • Allocate sites for housing, regeneration and employment
  • Identify areas which should be protected from development
  • Include policies to be used when determining planning applications

 The core Local Plan documents can be found below:

  • The Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038: Publication Draft document can be found here
  • The Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038: Publication Draft Appendices can be found here
  • A PDF of the Proposals Map (North) can be found here
  • A PDF of the Proposals Map (South) can be found here
  • The Preferred Options Consultation Feedback Report can be found here
  • The Pre-Publication Focused Consultation Feedback Report can be found here
  • The Sustainability Appraisal Integrated Assessment Report can be found here
  • The Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment can be found here - The HRA assesses the impact of Local Plan Policies and proposals on former Natura 2000 Sites (now known as the National Site Network and Ramsar sites) The HRA is currently being updated to take into account comments received during the pre-publication consultation and updated evidence regarding potential air quality impacts which will result in minor updates to the HRA. The final HRA will be available to view on the Council’s website by the end of January 2021.

In addition to this a wide range of evidence base documents have been produced to inform the Local Plan which can be accessed here.

If you would like to comment on any aspect of the Local Plan Publication Draft, please use the Representation Form and send it no later than 4.30 on Monday 21st February 2022 to  Or you can post your completed Representations Form(s) to:

Strategic Planning Team
Copeland Borough Council
Market Hall
Market Place
Whitehaven,  CA28 7JG

Alternatively, you can submit your responses via Survey Monkey at:

A Guidance Note has been produced to help you to complete the Representation Form.

Following this consultation, the Local Plan and all associated submission documents will be submitted to the Secretary of State in April 2022 for Public Examination by an Independent Planning Inspector.

Once the documents have been submitted, the Examination will run for the remainder of 2022, and it is hoped the Planning Inspector will produce their report in January 2023 to allow the Local Plan to be adopted in March 2023.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Local Plan and the current consultation please contact the Strategic Planning Team at or telephone 01946 598300