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Local Validation List public consultation

We are currently running a consultation on the official adoption of a Local Validation List.


Our planning department receives and decides on planning applications. We also offer pre-application advice for anyone interested in making an application. From April 1, this service will be chargeable. 


You can view and comment on planning applications under consideration, and see a history of decisions made.


Planning applications can be made online. This page also has guidance on whether you need planning permission, including for householder developments, commercial developments, advertising and signage.


We offer guidance before you make your planning application. Further information is also available on proposals for major developments.


If we refuse your planning permission, you have the right of appeal.

Planning Panel

Major planning decisions are made in public by our Planning Panel, made up of 11 of our councillors.

Planning Policy

The Planning Policy team produces land use policies and guidance that are used in deciding planning applications and guiding future development in the borough.

Enforcement complaints

To complain about development that you think does not have planning permission, or breaks the conditions of its permission, fill in this form.

Conservation and Design

To find all our Documentation and Guidance Conservation Area and Design Guide.

You can help protect the borough’s heritage through the Cumbria Local List.

Nutrient neutrality

On March 16, 2022, we received a nutrient neutrality notification from Natural England in relation to the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake Special Area of Conservation.

In the catchment area of this protected site, certain types of new development, such as housing, have the potential to cause adverse impacts through nutrient pollution.

Read more.