Parish Activities

Planning Applications & the Planning Process

The Parish Council is sent details of all planning applications in the Parish by Eden District Council and the Lake District National Park. The Parish Council has the right to make observations on, or object to, any application. These views must be taken into account by the local authority when determining the application, but the Parish Council does not have any statutory right to approve or refuse planning applications itself. However, if the Parish Council make an objection the application must be heard by the full planning committee of the local authority, and cannot be decided solely by the council officers.

Any comments that the Parish Council makes to a planning application will be based on the aims and objectives set out in the Parish Plan, informed by the guidelines appended to the Plan. In addition guidance provided from planning officers is that all comments etc should take into account only ‘material considerations.’ For further information click here

Dacre Parish Council is notified of all planning applications and planning decisions that are made by EDC or the LDNP. They are recorded in the Parish Council minutes (click here).

If you wish to view planning documents, each has a reference number. They are listed in the Parish Council minutes by the number, or can be searched for via these links: Eden District Council or Lake District National Park Authority

Parish Awards

Three annual awards are made by the Parish Council.

The John Scott Award

This was instituted as a charity in 1965. Its funds were intended, “one-half for the poor and most needy of the inhabitants of Stainton in the Parish of Dacre. The other half for the poor and most needy of the rest of the Parish of Dacre”.

By 1994 the trustees decided that the capital and income were no longer adequate to continue the work of the charity (a balance of £30.85 with annual interest of £1.54). Instead the trustees decided to purchase an inscribed rose-bowl which would be presented annually to ‘a person or body in the parish who had particularly benefited the community’.

The Charity was removed from the register in Sept 2001.

Historically the award has been presented to:

2017: Mrs Christine Sealby

2016: Mrs Marlene Dalton

2012: Mr Jamie Fisher

2010: Mrs Judith Derbyshire

2006: Mrs Margaret Washington

Dacre Conservation Award

This was founded in 2014 as part of the Parish Plan.

It is awarded to the landowner or business carrying out the best conservation project in the parish. Landowners and businesses may self-nominate. Parish residents are also invited to nominate landowners or businesses to the Parish Clerk.

Dacre Night Skies Award

This was founded in 2014 as part of the Parish Plan.

It is awarded to the individual or business which has done most to reduce light pollution in the parish. Nominations may be made in person or in respect of someone else, or a parish business, to the Parish Clerk.