The concept of Neighbourhood Plans was introduced by the Localism Act in 2012. They are an opportunity for local people to influence the planning decisions made by the Local Planning Authority for their area. For Lower Allithwaite Parish Council (LAPC) the Local Planning Authority is South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).
To prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for LAPC, which comprises the villages of Allithwaite and Cartmel, a Steering Group of residents of the villages for soundings to be taken by consultation with residents. The feedback received will be fed into the process to enable the assembly of the Submission Draft Plan.
As part of the process of approval for a Neighbourhood Plan, there must be an opportunity for local residents to comment on the draft that is to be submitted to SLDC. A 6-week consultation period was opened between Monday 11th July and Sunday 21st August 2016. The feedback received will be fed into the process which will enable the assembly of the Submission Version. Lower Allithwaite Parish Council have to support this version. It then goes forward to SLDC.
The Submission Version must be accompanied by a Consultation Statement and a Basic Conditions Statement, which are not part of the Plan but are evidence that the Plan has been properly prepared. These 3 documents refer to a number of Annexes and they, together with a number of other background documents can also be found on this website.
On receipt of the Submission Version SLDC will publicise it in the Westmorland Gazette, check that it has followed the proper legal process and invite comment on it in the 6 weeks after it is publicised.
Thereafter the Plan will be submitted to an Independent Examiner. The Examiner may require amendments to be made, and following this the Plan, in its final form, will subject to a Local Referendum.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.