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Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP)

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 Development Plans have to be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Cumbria's MWLP will be for the period up to the end of 2030 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 MWLP is a single document with three sections: - strategic policies, development control policies and site allocations, together with a Policies Map. It is 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 on the Adopted MWDF Documents webpage.  The MWLP also builds on the work that was being undertaken on the MWDF Site Allocations Policies and Proposals Map, but which was withdrawn part way through its examination, by the Planning Inspectorate, in 2012.  This document can be viewed in the Archive of MWDF Documents and Stages. The County Council carried out a number of consultations on drafts of the MWLP, the content of which can be viewed via this website. All responses to these consultations were considered and the draft MWLP updated as necessary. 

The MWLP was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in September 2016. The examination of the MWLP closed when the Inspector's final report was received on 29 June 2017. Through consideration at Cabinet and Full Council, the County Council can now proceed to formally adopt the MWLP so that it will replace the MWDF.

Inspector's Report on the Cumbria Minerals & Waste Local Plan - dated 29 June 2017 (PDF - 1.25mb)


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

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by telephone - 01539-713 409