South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 6: Supporting a Sustainable Economy (Questions 122 to 132)

Please read our chapter on supporting a sustainable economy in the Issues and Options report below.

It sets out a range of issues for us to address and presents some policy options and possible approaches.

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122. Which of these policy approaches to developing an economic vision and strategy do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 6.1: Developing an Economic Vision and Strategy

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PA6.1/a:  Work in partnership with neighbouring councils, including around the Bay, Cumbria County Council and Local Enterprise Partnership, businesses and infrastructure stakeholders and representatives and local communities.

PA6.1/b: Take account of National and Local policies and strategies, including the Bay Resilience and Prosperity Strategy; the strategies of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP); SLDC’s Council Plan, Kendal Town Centre Management Plan and forthcoming Economic Development Strategy; and other strategies by local organisations such as Kendal Future’s Kendal Vision. 

PA6.1/c: Take account of changes to the planning system including recent change to the Use Classes Order

PA6.1/d: Gather relevant Information and evidence.

123. Which of these policy approaches to providing the right amount and location of land for employment do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 6.2: Review of Demand and Supply of Employment Land

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PA6.2/a:  A strategic joint review of both employment and housing needs for the plan period to 2040, taking account of past rates of development and evidence of future demand.

PA6.2/b:  A parallel strategic review of sites potentially available to meet employment needs, including a review of the continued suitability of those allocated employment sites which remain undeveloped.

124. What scale of economic growth should we be providing for and should we plan only to meet local need or also to attract inward investment? Should we provide for some level of over supply to allow for choice and flexibility?
125. Which of these policy options for reviewing larger greenfield employment allocated sites do you support and why?

Policy Options 6.3: Employment Land Supply - Making better use of allocated greenfield employment sites

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PO6.3/i: Seek to retain existing allocated employment sites for longer term employment development (and also consider active public intervention to help bring sites forward for development).

PO6.3/ii: Consider de-allocating some larger allocated employment sites where there is evidence of oversupply (and also consider if they may be suitable to allocate for other uses).

PO6.3/iii: Allocate part of the sites for higher value uses with the purpose of cross-subsidising and facilitating less-viable employment development. 

126. Can you think of other ways to help facilitate the development of larger allocated greenfield sites? If parts of sites were allocated for higher value uses to cross-subsidise employment uses, how can we guarantee that the employment uses are delivered?
127. Which of these policy approaches to providing the right types of employment sites do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 6.4: Providing the right types of employment sites

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PA6.4/a: In response to changes to the Use Classes Order, consider whether to allocate employment sites only for B2 (general industry) and B8 (storage and distribution) uses; or whether also to explore ways of also allocating former B1 (offices etc.) uses, in ways which would prevent their change to other uses such as shops, cafes and gyms. 

PA6.4/b: Consider allocating employment sites only where there is a potential end user and introducing a criteria-based policy for employment proposals which arise after the adoption of the plan.  

PA6.4/c: Review whether the three employment land market sector types in the current Local Plan remain appropriate: strategic employment sites; business and science parks; and sites for local employment.

PA6.4/d: Consider the principle of allocating a regional scale employment site in the south east of the District in proximity to the M6 motorway.

PA6.4/e: Consider identifying Regeneration Opportunity Areas where this designation and appropriate policies could promote and guide their mixed-use redevelopment and regeneration.

PA6.4/f: Consider policies and site designations which would promote particular growth sectors such as the green economy or food and drink based businesses for example.

128. Which of these policy options for reviewing existing development employment sites do you support and why?

Policy Options 6.5: Existing Employment Areas

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PO6.5/i: Review the existing employment sites in the Local Plan and in future  protect only the larger sites and premises (including large single employers), which comprise mainly B2 (general industry) and B8 (storage and distribution) uses.

This approach limits protection to B2 and B8 uses where effective planning control remains. It would no longer seek to retain B1 uses (offices, light industry, research and development) as planning controls to prevent their changes to other uses are now severely restricted.

PO6.5/ii: To no longer seek to identify and protect any existing employment areas in the reviewed Local Plan.

This approach would allow more flexibility in response to changing economic needs within employment sites, but by accepting more non-employment uses, would reduce the supply of developed employment land and premises currently available to various light industrial uses.

129. Can you suggest other ways to protect land and premises for light industrial uses or to increase the supply by other means? If we can’t protect all light industrial uses by the current ‘blanket approach’, which light industrial sites or uses should we seek to protect?
130. Which of these policy approaches to defining boundaries and appropriate uses in town centres do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 6.6: Town Centre Viability - Defining boundaries and appropriate uses

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PA6.6/a: Review and amend the existing five town centre boundaries and primary shopping areas, reflecting on updated evidence and any changing national policy and guidance, as well as opportunities for new development identified in strategies and studies.

PA6.6/b: Support wider town centre visions and strategies, and specify where residential development may be appropriate taking account of latest national policy and changes in permitted development rights.

131. What types of uses do you wish to see in our town centres to enhance their vitality and viability?
132. If you think Town Centre and Primary Shopping Area Boundaries should be amended, please say why and show your suggested boundary changes on a map (using the file upload facility below).

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