Planning Permission Lake District: New BNG Rules

The Lake District is a unique corner of England with a vibrant and spectacular landscape. Local planning authorities here encourage people to enjoy and understand this landscape whilst taking any effects on it into consideration. The staff that these authorities work with include rangers and field workers, advisers at visitor centres, planners and ecologists to ensure that the local environment is kept to a good standard.

When embarking on a new development project, specific procedures must be followed in order to facilitate the project’s progression. Obtaining planning permission can be a complex but necessary process for those wishing to start a new development project.

New rules which come into force from 12th February 2024 mean that biodiversity net gain will become a mandatory component for all development projects.

Planning Permission, Lake District: The process

Once you are ready to proceed, submit a planning application to the local planning authority. Applications can be submitted online through the Planning Portal or directly to the local authority.

The Lake District National Park authority will validate the application, checking if all necessary documents and information are provided. The application will then be given an application reference number.

Some applications may require a public consultation period, where neighbours and other stakeholders can express their views on the proposed development. Anyone can comment on current applications or check the progress of an application online, where a weekly list of planning applications is available through a planning application search. Commenting on a planning application can help to get your opinion across and

The local planning authority will make a decision based on planning policies, relevant considerations, and public input. More information can be found on planning permission, Lake District, can be found on the Lake District National Park website.

Biodiversity Net Gain for planning permission, Lake District

Biodiversity net gain is now a mandatory requirement for obtaining planning permission, Lake District. When submitting a planning application, including a BNG assessment as part of the proposal will now be required.

From 12 February 2024, BNG will be mandatory for new planning applications for major developments. Major developments include residential developments with 10 or more dwellings or if the site area is greater than 0.5 hectares.

Biodiversity net gain will be made mandatory for small sites from April 2024. Small sites include residential developments where the number of dwellings is between 1 or 9 or if the site area is less than 0.5 hectares.

How Can Collington Winter Assist with Planning Permission in the Lake District?

Collington Winter Environmental believe in a pragmatic approach to development. We meet the needs of developers whilst ensuring positive outcomes for wildlife. We believe that an early consultation and in-depth knowledge of ecological best practice is the best way to improve your chances at obtaining planning permission, Lake District.

If you are interested in our services, contact us using the form below. You can also contact our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, via email at

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