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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 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.

Annual Monitoring Report

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) reviews the effectiveness of planning policies and sets out the Council’s progress towards achieving the objectives set out in the Local Plan. This information allows the Council to identify which policies are performing as intended and whether any need to be reviewed.

The Council has produced a five year Annual Monitoring Report covering the period from 1st April 2014 until 31st March 2019

Supplementary Planning 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). 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) cover a range of issues and provide further explanation or detail as to how a policy in a Development Plan Document (DPD)should be implemented. SPDs are consulted on in draft form but are not subject to independent examination.

SPDs will be a material consideration in making decisions on planning applications and will therefore carry significant weight in decision-making.

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.

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.

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.