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Planning policy

Planning policy is the strategy, guidance, land allocations and criteria we use to determine proposals for the development and change of use of land and buildings within the National Park.

The purpose of planning policy is to ensure that development needs are provided for, but only if they happen in the right place, at the right time and in the right way. The policies cover all types of development, from housing to business and minerals to visitor facilities. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with our adopted policies, except where it is judged that there are other planning considerations that are more important to the public interest.

Which policies apply?

We have to take into consideration many different levels of policy from national planning policies to Neighbourhood Plans. Current planning policy and guidance is spread across various documents:

National Planning Policy and guidance

The Government has published a set of overarching national planning policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that apply to the whole of the National Park. These are accompanied by National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) providing more of the detail behind the application and interpretation of the NPPF. NPPF and NPPG apply to the whole National Park but are generic, so it is up to local planning policy to provide the detail that is used in day to day decision making.

Local Planning Policy

Local planning policy varies according to where you are in the National Park. Follow the links below for more details:

Richmondshire, Craven & South Lakeland Policy

Richmondshire, Craven & South Lakeland Local Planning Policy (South Lakeland parishes of Dent, Garsdale & Sedbergh only)

South Lakeland Local Planning Policy

South Lakeland Local Planning Policy (excluding Dent, Garsdale and Sedbergh parishes)

Eden Local Planning Policy

Eden Local Planning Policy

Lancaster Local Planning Policy

Lancaster Local Planning Policy

Planning Policy

All you need to know about Planning Policy in the Yorkshire Dales National Park