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Annual Monitoring Report

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) monitors how the Council is progressing in producing LDF documents. It also tracks the impact of policies and measures how far aims are being achieved and whether they are still relevant. It provides the opportunity to identify whether changes are necessary to individual documents or to the Local Development Framework as a whole.

Brownfield Register

Copeland Borough Council Brownfield Land Register

Copeland Core Strategy and DM Policies Archive

This page intends to provide archive information of the process to adoption of the Copeland Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD.

To view the adopted Local Plan, visit the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 Core Strategy and Development Management Policies webpage.

Copeland Local Plan (Local Development Framework)

Copeland Local Plan (Local Development Framework)

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 Copeland Local Plan (previously known as the Local Development Framework).

Copeland Local Plan 2017-2035: Issues and Options

Copeland Local Plan 2017-2035: Issues and Options Consultation

Core Strategy Examination News

Examination into the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies 2012 – 2027.

This page has been drafted by and is the responsibility of Yvonne Parker, Programme Officer for the Examination. Yvonne is an impartial officer of the Examination and works under the direction of the Inspector. Yvonne has no involvement in the preparation of the document.

The Inspector Paul Crysell BSc MSc MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the Examination to determine whether the document is sound.

The Programme Officer details: Address: 2 Priory Court, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3RH Tel: 01282 450522 Mobile: 0781 333 4305 Email:

Cumbria Wind Energy SPD

The Cumbria Wind Energy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was produced in partnership with Cumbrian Local Authorities and formally adopted by the local planning authorities in Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, South Lakeland and the Lake District National Park. It provides locational guidance for wind farm developments. This SPD was adopted in January 2008.

Design Quality Supplementary Planning Document

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.

Development Management DPD Section

Archived Content - This page is for information only.

The Council submitted the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD for independent examination on 31 October 2012. Visit the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Examination webpage.

Development Plan Documents

The Local Development Framework contains a portfolio of Local Development Documents (LDDs). Local Development Documents are generally Development Plan Documents (DPDs) or Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).

Draft Revised SCI April 2016

Copeland Borough Council is consulting on its Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement between 9.00am Monday 18th April and 5.00pm on Tuesday 31st May 2016.


Examination Document List


The Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD was adopted by Copeland Borough Council on 5 December 2013 and can be viewed on the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 webpage.

This page contains the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Examination Document List for information.

Guide to Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act (2011) introduced a new form of plan, which gives communities the power to develop planning policies that will become part of the planning framework for their area, and to grant planning permission for certain types of new development.

Housing Strategy

The Copeland Housing Strategy provides information on important local housing matters and says what our key priorities are for housing in Copeland. The Housing Strategy is a shared document for the Council and its partners, which include housing associations, private landlords, charities and voluntary groups, housebuilders and other organisations.

Infrastructure Deficit Report

The Local Development Framework is underpinned by work on the Borough’s infrastructure. By “infrastructure” we mean the basic facilities, services, and installations needed to make Copeland work as a place to live, do business or visit. It falls into three broad categories: physical, such as roads and railways, drainage and energy supply systems - what many people would define as infrastructure; community infrastructure – schools, libraries, community centres, leisure, sports, cultural, health and police facilities; green infrastructure – parks and public open space, and also anything that contributes to or maintains biodiversity. 

Development may increase pressure on aspects of infrastructure which are deficient or at capacity. Where this is the case, planning obligations can be imposed to make sure that developers contribute to work which mitigates the impact of the development. This might include, for example, improvements to road junctions to reduce traffic congestion, or the provision or improvement of open space and sports facilities.

Inspectors invitation to comment on New Guidance A chance to comment on the effect on the Core Strategy of new Government guidance on planning for renewable energy
Issues and Options Consultation - Archived Content

Archived Content.  This page is for information only.

The Council adopted the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD on 5 December 2013. Visit the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 webpage.


Leisure Studies Series

In 2010 the Council commissioned a series of leisure studies examining open space, sport and recreation facilities for the Copeland Borough. The three reports are available to download below.

Local Development Framework Evidence Base

In preparing the Local Development Framework we must ensure that the decisions it makes are supported by up-to-date evidence of the social, economic and environmental characteristics of Copeland.  This evidence base is constantly being added to and will be updated as work progresses.     

Local Development Scheme

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 20th June 2017.

Planning Contributions SPD

The Council has analysed Copeland’s infrastructure and is determining the priorities for improving it. (Infrastructure includes not only the physical infrastructure - such as transport, energy and water supply, drainage – but also social and environmental assets - such as sports facilities, community halls and open space). This SPD will set out those priorities as a basis for negotiating planning contributions from developers, so that new development helps to meet the impacts which it has on the Borough. The SPD will also inform negotiations with the developers of the proposed nuclear power station to secure the investment needed to make sure that benefits to the community of nuclear new build are optimised. The Council may decide to adopt a Community Infrastructure Levy, which would be a tariff potentially on all development. The SPD cannot do this and any proposal for a levy would be in a separate document subject to separate consultation and independent public examination.

Planning Policy Consultations

Welcome to the Planning Policy Consultations and Recently Published Documents webpage

We are committed to engaging the community in the planning process. On this page you will find Planning Policy consultations and other recently published documents.

If you would like any further information, please either e-mail us: or telephone us on 01946 59 8300.

Planning Policy Introduction

Welcome to the Planning Policy Pages of the Copeland Borough Council website.

For Current Consultations and Recent Publications, please visit our Consultation webpage.

Pow Beck Development Brief SPD

In January 2008, Copeland Borough Council adopted a Pow Beck Valley Development Brief and Sustainability Appraisal Report. The SPD refers to the Pow Beck Valley in Whitehaven. The document has been produced to assist the regeneration of this area. The SPD seeks to inform developers and other interested parties of the constraints and opportunities presented by the Pow Beck Valley area, and indicate the type of development expected by the Council.

Pre-Submission Consultation - Archived Content

Archived Content. 

This page is for information only. The Council adopted the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 Core Strategy and Development Management Policies on 5 December 2013.  Visit the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 webpage to view the Plan.