Issue details

Adoption of the Copeland Local Plan

Executive are asked to approve the final draft of the Copeland Local Plan 2021-2039, which incorporates all of the Main Modifications identified by the Planning Inspector during the Public Examination as being required before the Council can adopt the Local Plan as a ‘sound’ Plan.


It is expected that the final decision to adopt the Local Plan will be taken by Full Council on 10th September 2024.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: All Wards in former Copeland area;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/05/2024

Anticipated restriction: Public  -

OSCtte: Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee;

Decision due: 15 Oct 2024 by Executive

Lead member: Portfolio Holder - Cumberland Policy and Regulatory Services

Lead director: Assistant Chief Executive

Contact: Chris Hoban, Strategic Planning Manager Email: Email:


There has been extensive consultation throughout the Local Plan’s production, with earlier draft documents all subject to public consultation (8-10 weeks), and the Council’s ‘final’ Publication Draft was subject to 6 week public consultation prior to being submitted to the Secretary of State for Public Examination.


The appointed Planning Inspector then held public hearings to discuss issues identified from the Publication Draft consultation responses before undertaking a 6 week public consultation on her proposed Main Modifications: prior to issuing her report outlining the changes the Council needs to make before it can adopt the Copeland Local Plan.