Planning Policy

Introduction to Planning Policy in Barrow Borough

The Planning Policy Section is responsible for preparing the planning policy, through consultation with local communities, which sets the broad framework for acceptable development in the Borough.

These policies give residents, businesses and developers an indication of what type and scale of development is appropriate and are used to determine planning applications.

Work is currently underway to produce a new Local Plan for Barrow Borough, for further details see link below:  


National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) including Planning Policy for Traveller Sites was published on 27 March 2012. The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. The associated Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012.

The NPPF requires local authorities to produce a local plan which sets out the strategic priorities for the area, this local plan should be based on up to date evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area.

The NPPF is national planning guidance and replaces the majority of the earlier Planning Policy Statements, Guidance and Circulars.


Charges for Planning Policy Documents

Most of the Council's planning policy documents are available to download from this website or the Councils Data Portal. Hard copies or copies on CD can obtained using the contact details below. Charges will be in accordance with the adopted schedule.

A number of background studies have also been commissioned to support the development of the Council's planning policies. Some of these documents are very large in size. Where possible, these will be available to download, otherwise these can be obtained in hard copy or CD format. Charges will be in accordance with the adopted schedule below. Where no charge is set, copies are charged at 10p per sheet single-sided and 20p per sheet double-sided.

Copies of documents are available to view at Council offices and some are available at libraries in the borough, please contact us and we can advise on viewing. 

Contact Us

If your enquiry relates to planning applications or whether planning permission is required please call 01229 876543

For Planning Policy queries you may contact us by


Telephone      (01229) 876349 or 876363 or 876388

Post                Planning Policy

                       Development Services

                       Barrow Borough Council

                       Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness,

                       Cumbria LA14 2LD

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