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Local Plan 2021-2038 Publication Draft Consultation

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:

In addition to this, a wide range of 'evidence base' documents have been produced to inform the Local Plan. These can be accessed on our Copeland Local Plan 2021-2038 evidence base page.

The allocations in the Publication Draft and the mapping layers linked to the evidence base documents can all be found on the Council's Publication Draft webmapping page.

The Local Plan, Local Plan addendum document, and all associated submission documents will be sent to the Secretary of State in September 2022 for Public Examination by an independent Planning Inspector.

The Inspector will assess the draft and the evidence during the remainder of 2022, and it is hoped the Local Plan will be adopted in March, 2023.

If you have any questions about the Local Plan and the current consultation, contact the Strategic Planning Team at or telephone 01946 598300