Views wanted on future of South Lakeland

People are being invited to give their opinions on the Lake District. Credit: ITV Border

People have been urged to give their views on a major plan for the future of part of the Lake District.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has set up a virtual exhibition space, online survey and document library where people can find out about the authority's local plan.

Traditionally such events are held in-person in community buildings but this new system has been set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The plan is at a stage called 'Issues and Options’ and people have until 30 September to share their thoughts on everything it covers. This includes homes and jobs up to 2040, as well to how its character and landscapes can be protected.

People can also join a virtual drop-in session with officers from the council’s Local Plan team. These sessions are being held twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Councillor Helen Chaffey, SLDC’s portfolio holder for housing and the local plan, said:

The council is presenting some of the key emerging themes based on people's comments. These are:

  •  Tackling climate change

  • Where should new developments should go?

  • Market towns, villages and rural areas

  • Health

  • Housing needs

  • A sustainable economy

  • Greener travel, transport and infrastructure

  • Enhancing the natural and built environment.

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