1. Refer to Local and National Planning Policy – For the Lake District National Park this is The Core Strategy. The Core Strategy contains planning policies which guide development in the National Park. Planning Officers use these policies to decide applications. You can read the Core Strategy here.

    List the policies which support your case and explain why this is the case. If there are policies that conflict with your views recognise this and respond accordingly. Explain what other planning issues you feel should be taken in to consideration (transport impacts for example).

The key document for National Planning Policy is the National Planning Policy Framework. Paragraph 115 of the NPPF states that, when considering development in a National Park:

‘Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. The conservation of wildlife and cultural heritage are important considerations in all these areas, and should be given great weight in National Parks and the Broads’

You can access the National Planning Policy Framework here.

  1. Consider the Public Interest – In your comments you can outline how the application would affect the public at large as users of the National Park. This could include the impacts upon the special qualities of the National park such as the landscape, the impacts upon tranquillity, the impacts upon access and recreation in the locality. For those who live nearest the development proposals the impacts are likely to be felt most acutely but the impacts will also be far reaching for the millions of people who visit the Lake District every year and who feel a connection with this unique landscape.
  1. You may also want to raise the issue of precedent. If this development is allowed to happen in the Thirlmere valley, a precedent will be set for other lakes and valleys in the Lake District, and also for infrastructure such as this in other National Parks too.  The application is of national significance because of these issues.
  1. Be clear and courteous, avoid personal attacks and stick to the facts of the case – Separate out each part of your argument and support it with the appropriate Local and National planning policies. For example if you want to discuss the landscape impacts and transport issues in particular then have a separate section for each of these. End your representation with a clear conclusion which states your main objections.