Decision details

Copeland Borough Council Site Allocations and Policies Plan – Preferred Options Consultation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval of the County Councils response to the consultation on the Copeland Borough Council Site Allocations and Policies Plan (Preferred Options). The Local Plan will have a key role in identifying land use principles, development sites and in providing a framework for the determination of planning applications in Copeland


The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services presented a  report which informed Cabinet of the consultation on Copeland Borough Council’s Site Allocations and Policies Preferred Options Consultation.  The consultation started on 12th January 2015 and ended on the 20th March 2015, however an extension had been given by Copeland Borough Council to allow Cabinet to consider the County Council response.  The Site Allocations and Policies document would come together with the adopted Core Strategy.  The Local Plan was the statutory land-use document, which would provide the policy basis for determining planning applications within Copeland.  Cabinet was asked to consider the issues outlined in the report and to agree that the full responses set out in Appendix A, and the Local Member comments in Appendix B be forwarded to Copeland Borough Council. 


Cabinet had previously responded to the Core Strategy Preferred Options consultation in July 2010 and then the Pre-Submission consultation in September 2012.


It was considered that the Local Plan would have a positive effect on development and growth within Copeland.  From the Council’s perspective, the Plan:


§                met the Council’s overall vision and priorities,

§                would help to deliver much needed housing and employment within Copeland,

§                would help deliver employment sites to support local economic growth.


Notwithstanding the positive aspects of the Local Plan detailed in paragraph 1.3, it was considered that there were a number of areas which required greater clarity or improvement.  These were as follows:


§                There needed to be an appropriate mechanism to ensure that the Local Plan can take into account the impacts of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects such as the NuGen Nuclear New Build Project and the National Grid North West Coast Connections Project.

§                Copeland Borough Council would need to develop a robust Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

§                The allocation of school playing fields as Open Space / Urban Greenscape should be removed.


The Cabinet Member for Environment moved a revised recommendation 3.2 and an additional recommendation 3.3 which were agreed by members as set out below at 2 and 3.




                  (1)    the strategic response outlined in the Report be endorsed and that the technical response contained in Appendix A and the views of Copeland Local Committee contained in Appendix B are forwarded to Copeland Borough Council to assist the ongoing development of their Local Plan;


                  (2)    Cabinet agree to Cumbria County Council signing a joint statement of intent with Copeland Borough Council, setting out how both Councils would work together to identify, prioritise and fund the infrastructure necessary to support development proposed in the Copeland Local Plan;


                  (3)    Cabinet confirm that Statements of Intent should likewise be entered into with all Local Planning Authorities in Cumbria who have not yet done so.

Report author: Graeme Innes

Publication date: 21/06/2015

Date of decision: 30/04/2015

Decided at meeting: 30/04/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 14/05/2015

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