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Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP)

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The Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) is being prepared as part of the development plan system that the Government brought into effect in April 2012. These Local Plans have to be consistent with the national planning policies that are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The MWLP is a single document with three sections: - strategic policies, development control policies and site allocations, together with a Policies Map. It will be accompanied by supporting documents that informed its preparation and also a suite of Evidence Base documents.

The MWLP incorporates much of the content, updated as necessary, of the adopted Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF) documents. These documents were prepared under the previous development plan system and are the MWDF Core Strategy and Generic Development Control Policies.  They can be viewed via the link on the left hand side navigation bar.  The MWLP also builds on the work that was being undertaken on the MWDF Site Allocations Policies and Proposals Map, but which was withdrawn from Examination by the Planning Inspectorate in 2012.  This document can be viewed on the 'Previous Documents and Stages of the MWDF' navigation button on the left.

Cumbria's Minerals and Waste Local Plan will be for the period up until 2029 and is for those parts of Cumbria that are outside of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The Local Plan has to be prepared by the County Council because it is the local planning authority for minerals and waste management developments.

The County Council carried out a consultation on the first draft of the MWLP for Cumbria in Spring 2013 (copies of the documents issued for consultation can be viewed via the link on the left hand side navigation bar). The Council has considered the responses received from that consultation and has further developed its evidence base.  A second consultation on the County Council's preferred options (Regulation 18) for the MWLP will be carried out in spring 2015 (see left hand navigation bar).

Following closure of the latest consultation, the County Council will consider all responses received and update the draft MWLP as necessary.  It is intended that the publication draft (Regulation 19) will be submitted to the Secretary of State towards the end of 2015.  Once the Minerals and Waste Local Plan has been examined by the Planning Inspectorate and formally adopted by the County Council, it will replace the Minerals and Waste Development Framework.

If you would like any further information please contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team:

by post - Planning and Sustainability, County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ

by e-mail -

by telephone - 01539-713409 or 01539-713425

by fax - 01539-713439