Local Plan (Part 2): Evidence Base

Evidence base studies and documents to inform and support the production of the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2).  These supplement the evidence base associated with the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 1).
Further studies and topic papers will be added to this page as and when they become available.

Under section 19(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Site Allocations DPD must be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) throughout its production. The SA is a process by which the likely significant environmental, social and economic effects of a plan can be identified and reported. It enables potential adverse impacts to be identified at an early stage and where possible avoided, or reduced by mitigation.

The first stage of the SA process involves the production of a Scoping Report, whose purpose is to establish whether the right information is being focussed on, whether there are any further issues that need to be addressed in the full SA report and whether the assessment criteria proposed are appropriate, comprehensive and robust enough to support the DPD during the later stages of public consultation and examination.

The SA scoping report represents the first stage in the SA process, its purpose being to identity:

  • The relevant plans, policies, programmes and initiatives contained in relevant strategic documents that will inform the sustainability appraisal process and the local plan DPD
  • The relevant baseline information
  • Key sustainability issues and problems 
  • An appraisal framework, consisting of sustainability objectives and indicators, against which the local plan can be considered

It sets out the proposed sustainability objectives and assessment framework that will be used to assess the potential impacts of allocating land for different uses within the Borough.

We consulted on the scope in Autumn 2013.

In order to assess the suitability of sites we have developed a Site Assessment Methodology, which sets out the approach it proposes to follow in order to assess and compare the suitability of sites proposed for allocation and designation within the Site Allocations DPD.

The methodology will enable the assessment of potential sites to ensure they contribute to sustainability objectives, offer the most benefit to the community and minimise any adverse impacts on the environment.

The methodology will be used to:

  • Assess the suitability of potential development sites for allocation
  • Assess the suitability of potential open space and nature conservation sites for designation
  • Review the development boundaries of settlements
  • De-allocate surplus employment land

This Site Assessment Methodology document considers physical constraints as well as economic, social and environmental impacts. However, many of these issues are also covered in the Sustainability Appraisal process. We have produced a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (see item above), which identifies the sustainability objectives and criteria against which potential site allocations should be assessed against. Therefore, rather than run two separate and potentially overlapping assessment processes, the criteria identified in the Scoping Report have been integrated and included within this methodology.

It is essential that landowners, land agents, developers, statutory consultees and local communities are confident that that the proposed approach to assessing the suitability of sites submitted for consideration will be appropriate, consistent and transparent. To this end, the methodology has been designed to:

  • Take account of national planning principles
  • Be transparent so that anyone can see how a particular outcome has been arrived at
  • Ensure that development takes place in sustainable locations
  • Contribute to making existing settlements more sustainable.
  • Enable very unsuitable sites to be filtered out early on in the appraisal process.
  • Provide a basis for comparison between sites.

We consulted on the scope and details of the Methodology Paper in Autumn 2013.

The Allerdale Open Space and Sport and Recreation Strategies consist of integrated documents including the Open Space Study and the Playing Pitch Strategy.  

These documents form up to date assessments of the need for open space, sports and recreation facilities, identifying, mapping and cataloguing each asset by type such as indoor sports, outdoor sports, amenity space, church yards/cemeteries, parks and gardens, and allotments etc.

Specific requirements in terms of the Borough's quantitative and qualitative provision and future requirements are identified within these assessments, and will inform Council decisions on priorities for improvement of provision.

The Following two reports provide an evidence base to help inform the future provision for open spaces in Allerdale.

  • The Open Space Assessment Report provides detail with regard to what provision exists in Allerdale, its condition, distribution and overall quality. It also considers the demand for provision based on population distribution, planned growth and consultation findings.
  • The Open Space Standards Paper follows on from the Assessment Report. It focuses on reporting the findings of the research, consultation, site assessments, data analysis and GIS mapping that underpins the study. The evidence presented in this report should be used to inform local plan documents and supplementary planning documents. It sets an approach to securing open space facilities through new housing development and forms the basis for negotiation with developers for contributions towards the provision of appropriate open space facilities and their long term maintenance.

The sites referred to in the reports are available to view on the Council's mapping system using the 'My Maps' tab, selecting 'Show Map Categories' in the left hand side panel, choosing the 'Local Plan Consultation' tab from the list displayed, and clicking in the box for  'KPP Open Space Audit'.

The Playing Pitch Strategy provides a strategic framework for the maintenance and improvement of existing outdoor sports pitches and ancillary facilities between 2014 and 2019.

The Allerdale Workspace and Employment Land Study was commissioned by Britain's Energy Coast and partners to examine development opportunities within the  area, identifying constraints and barriers to the development of individual sites,  and considering options for delivery.

The report provides an evidence base to help inform the preparation of the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2), the site allocations development plan document for the parts of the borough outside the Lake District National Park.

The Allerdale Retail Study 2015 was commissioned to update the West Cumbria Retail Study undertaken in 2009. This updated study relates to Allerdale towns only, providing a detailed understanding of current and future retail trends, patterns and demands.

The report provides an evidence base to help inform the preparation of the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2), the site allocations development plan document for the parts of the borough outside the Lake District National Park.