Have your say on national park future

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

THERE are to be consultation events in Eden aimed at shaping the future of the Lake District national park.

On Tuesday between 11am and 3pm there will be a local plan drop-in consultation event at Lowther Castle and Gardens.

This will be followed by another session at the Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge, on Thursday, 7th June, between 3pm and 7pm, and another at Keswick information centre at the moot hall, on Thursday, 14th June, between 3pm and 7pm.

During the sessions residents, business owners and farmers across the area are being urged to review suggested planning policies and have their say — all those who get involved during the consultation phase will be in with a chance of winning £1,000 in Lake District Pounds.

This review of the planning policies, which happens every three to five years, first began in 2016 when an initial phase of feedback was gathered from Lake District communities.

The updated suggested policies are now again being made ready for the next round of public consultation.

During the local plan review, the national park authority has been keen to dispel myths on planning applications in the Lake District, stating that the approval rate is more than 90 per cent, which is above the national average.

The draft changes to planning policies in the Lake District have been open for public review throughout May, at previous consultation drop-in events, and people are also able to take part via a simple online survey.

Following feedback the national park authority aims to publish updated policies during the first half of next year.

For further information visit http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/localplan