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The natural environment and its preservation and enhancement form a key component of the emerging Local Plan. This page introduces the key issues/themes that will be addressed within the plan(s) and the evidence base documents that have been used to inform our decision-making.

Landscape (NE2)

The Council recognise that the quality of Allerdale's landscape is an important asset and consequently, its management and protection is a high priority within the Local Plan. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to help us understand the different types of landscape within the Borough and the aims and objectives for their protection, the planning policy team has used the Cumbria Landscape Character Guidance and Toolkit and the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Landscape Character Assessments.

Biodiversity and geodiversity (NE3)

Allerdale contains a significant number of biodiversity and geodiversity assets that are of international, national and regional importance. These assets will be safeguarded by the Local Plan, in accordance with European and national legislation. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to help us identify these assets and their conservation objectives, the planning policy team used the Cumbria Biodiversity Evidence Base and the Local Geodiversity Action Plan for Cumbria.

Air, soil and water quality (NE4)

Local air, soil and water quality has important implications for health and well-being of those who live, work and visit the Borough. Therefore it is important that the Local Plan includes policies to ensure that their condition is not undermined in the future. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to help us understand the risks that new development poses to these resources and the way in which these potential impacts should be mitigated, the planning policy team used the Air Quality Strategy for England, the North West River Basin Management Plan and the Soil Strategy for England.    

Open space, sport and recreational facilities (NE5)

All residents of Allerdale have the right to access quality open space for leisure and recreational purposes. The policies contained within the Local Plan will seek to ensure that there is equal provision throughout the borough in terms of both amount and quality of facilities. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to help us understand the current situation, the planning policy team has used the finding and recommendations of the Open Space Audit that was undertaken by the Council to address the issue of both oversupply and deficiency within individual settlements, and also the quality of existing provision. 

Countryside and coastal access (NE6)

Outdoor recreation has the potential to provide health benefits and providing access to our countryside and coastline is one of the primary means of obtaining these benefits. The Local Plan will seek to safeguard and promote access to these areas and uphold national legislation on Public Rights of Way. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to determine local priorities for countryside and coastal access, the planning policy team has used the Cumbria Countryside Access Strategy, the Cumbria Rights of Way Improvement Plan and the national Improving Coastal Access Strategy.

Shoreline management (NE7)

The social well-being and economic prosperity of our coastal communities is an important consideration for the Council. The Local Plan will seek to provide a policy framework that will enable them to adapt to the challenges of both climate and coastal change in the future. In addition to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and to  ascertain the future objectives and defence strategies for the areas of coastline within the borough, the planning policy team has used the North West England Shoreline Management Plan.


Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCumbria Landscape Character Guidance Toolkit in PDF format4768 Kb11 mins 21 secs @ 56k, 20 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSolway Coast AONB Landscape Character Assessment in PDF format5446 Kb12 mins 58 secs @ 56k, 22 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCumbria Biodiversity Evidence Base in PDF format3285 Kb7 mins 49 secs @ 56k, 13 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCumbria Geodiversity Action Plan in PDF format3071 Kb7 mins 19 secs @ 56k, 13 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerThe Air Quality Strategy for England in PDF format544 Kb1 min 18 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerNorth West River Basin District Management Plan in PDF format3231 Kb7 mins 42 secs @ 56k, 13 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSoil Strategy for England in PDF format521 Kb1 min 14 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAllerdale Open Space Audit in PDF format1323 Kb3 mins 9 secs @ 56k, 5 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCumbria Countryside Access Strategy in PDF format1688 Kb4 mins 1 sec @ 56k, 7 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCumbria Rights of Way Improvement Plan in PDF format1096 Kb2 mins 37 secs @ 56k, 4 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerImproving Coastal Access in PDF format3408 Kb8 mins 7 secs @ 56k, 14 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerNorth West Shoreline Management Plan in PDF format3247 Kb7 mins 44 secs @ 56k, 13 secs @ 2mb

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