Development Control

Planning Applications

Cumbria County Council's Development Control Team manage planning applications related to minerals, waste and county council developments. County Council developments encompass proposals involving County Council premises, fire stations, and some highways and schools. You can search, view and comment on such applications at:  

Planning applications for householder, residential, commercial and all other types of development are dealt with by the District Councils unless the site lies in a National Park. The National Park Authorities deal with all planning applications that are within their boundaries (including minerals and waste proposals). District & National Park Planning Contacts.

The Plain English guide to the planning system explains how the planning system in England works. For a general overview in respect of matters that do and do not require planning permission the Planning Portal also provides some useful advice and guidance.

Minerals and Waste Planning 

As the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority for Cumbria (outside of the national parks) the County Council is responsible for the following matters regarding mining, quarrying and waste management facilities/activities:

  • Preparing planning policy (i.e. the policies against which proposals are assessed);

  • Assessing and determining planning applications;

  • Ensuring compliance with planning permissions (i.e. planning conditions and the approved scheme)

  • Taking enforcement action against any unauthorised minerals or waste related developments or activities.