What is the process for deciding the Planning application and who makes the decision? Anyone, regardless of location, can submit comments to the planning authority, the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA). All comments are considered by the planning officer dealing with the application along with all material planning considerations. More information about this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/determining-a-planning-application The planning officer will report to the LDNPA’s Development Control Committee with a recommendation to approve or refuse the application. This will be debated by the Members of the Development Control Committee and they will make the decision to approve or refuse the application. During the Development Control Committee meeting, objectors who have previously stated they want to address the Committee are given the opportunity to do so. If there is more than one party objecting the time must be split between all parties, or a spokesperson for the objectors may be chosen. It is the responsibility of the objectors to organise how they will utilise the time.