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Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP)

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The County Council carried out a consultation on the first draft of a new Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) for Cumbria in Spring 2013. Copies of the draft documents issued for consultation can be viewed via the link on the left hand side navigation bar. The Council is currently considering the responses received from this consultation and further developing its evidence base prior to a consultation on a revised draft in Spring 2014.

The MWLP is being prepared as part of the new 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. 

Cumbria's Minerals and Waste Local Plan will be for the period up until 2028 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. In addition to making decisions on planning applications for those types of developments, the County Council is also required to prepare spatial planning policies that make provision for them and against which planning application proposals can be assessed.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan incorporates much of the content, updated as necessary, of the 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, which were formally adopted by the County Council in 2009, and the further work which was being undertaken on the MWDF Site Allocations Policies and Proposals Map.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan will be 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 which informed its preparation.

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 .

Paper or CD copies of the current first draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan (and its supporting documents) can be provided on request by writing to: Planning and Sustainability, County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ; or to mwlp@cumbria.gov.uk; or contacting us on telephone to 01539 713 409 or fax 01539 713 439 .

If you would like any further information please contact the Minerals and Waste Policy Team as set out above.