Planning at the county level is split into three broad functional categories of Development Control, Planning Policy and Spatial Planning.
Development Control - Cumbria County Council is the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority for the area of Cumbria outside of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. It is responsible for dealing with all planning applications for minerals and waste related development. It also decides planning applications for the County Council's own developments such as schools, offices and highway depots. This includes applications for Listed Building Consent for County Council property. Please note that applications for all other types of development outside the National Parks are dealt with by the six district councils.
Planning Policy - As the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority Cumbria County Council is responsible for preparing the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The Council has also produced a supplementary planning document with regard to wind energy. The Cumbria Local Transport Plan (LTP) is the statutory planning document that sets out the council's vision, strategy and policies for transport.
Spatial Planning - Cumbria County Council's Spatial Planning team review the social, economic and environmental matters affecting Cumbria; resulting in documents such as Employment Land Availability Assessments. They provide a county level response to major planning applications and co-ordinate joint working arrangements for planning, transport and housing services. They also work to represent Cumbria's interests at the regional and national level.