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Cumbria Good Lighting Technical Advice Note, submitted by Friends of the Lake District and Dark Source Environmental Lighting Design

Friends of the Lake District, together with Dark Source Lighting Design and all the relevant local planning authorities, has produced the Cumbria Good Lighting TAN, covering Cumbria, the whole Yorkshire Dales National Park and both the Cumbria and Lancashire parts of the Arnside & Silverdale National Landscape. It uses tools including bespoke graphics to provide technical support to planners and applicants in applying relevant policies when submitting or assessing planning applications, enabling them to help deliver a net reduction in light pollution and, in turn, goals for climate change, the natural and built environment, health and wellbeing and the economy.

Image credit: Kerem Asfuroglu - Dark Source



Civic Quarter Area Action Plan, submitted by Trafford Council

Trafford’s Civic Quarter Area Action Plan delivers a new 4000 home sustainable neighbourhood through ambitious policies for net zero, public realm, greenspace and housing quality. Developed with partners and the community to take advantage of a unique set of assets and new development opportunities and challenges, the CQAAP is a Development Management led plan. It is a vehicle for transformational change and regeneration, bringing forward new high density development and associated infrastructure through an innovative equalisation strategy. Plan production has given opportunities for planners to learn new skills and broaden their experience whilst directing Council resources wisely.

Image credit: Planit IE & FBC



Lake District Design Code SPD, submitted by Lake District NPA and LUC

The Lake District Design Code, adopted in September 2023, provides detailed coding to ensure new development in the Lake District prioritises the conservation of heritage and the natural environment. The code encourages development that respects traditional building styles and materials, while incorporating sustainable, innovative practices. Key to its success was collaboration between Land Use Consultants and the Lake District National Park Authority, resulting in an accessible online tool for both developers and planning officers. 

Image credit: Lake District NPA