Parish Council grants
The Parish Council is able to make small grants or donations to community groups, activities or projects.
SLDC Local Plan Review
South Lakeland District Council is reviewing and updating its Local Plan. This Local Plan applies to areas of South Lakeland outside the national parks (including the areas of Helsington parish which are outside the Lake District National Park) and provides policies on housing and economic growth, whilst protecting the environment and addressing climate change. The Plan allocates sites for housing and other developments such as new employment sites. Find out more about the process and have your say.
Green Homes Grant
If you’re a home owner you can apply for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home. Improvements could include insulating your home to reduce your energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces. You must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2022.
Details at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme
Cold to Cosy Homes
Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is offering free advice and practical help on energy saving, draughtproofing and home improvements to Cumbrian households. You may be eligible on the grounds of vulnerability, health or income (wide criteria). Apply at www.cosyhomes.org.uk or call 01768 210276.
Business Start Up Support
Free Business Start Up Support is delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce as part of Cumbria Business Growth Hub and available to anyone of any age looking to start up a new business. Find out more at www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk/business-start-up or call 0844 2578450.
Lake District Local Plan Review
The latest stage of the Lake District National Park Authority’s consultation on its Local Plan Review ran from 8 April – 3 June 2019. The Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 1 August 2019. Find out more about the examination process here.
Community Governance Review 2018/19
SLDC has conducted a review of parish governance in its area. See the Parish Council’s initial response (October 2018) and our final response (May 2019). For more information on SLDC’s final recommendations (no change to current parish governance arrangements for Helsington).
Mark Kidd – Parish Member for the Central and South East Area of the Lake District National Park Authority
Contact: [email protected].
District Council Elections
An election was held for a District Councillor (one of three) for the Bowness and Levens Ward on Thursday 2 May 2019. Brian Rendell was elected to serve alongside Cllrs Kevin Holmes and John Holmes. More information see the south lakeland district council election results 2019
Helsington Community Land Trust Housing Development
Lake District National Park Extension
On 1 August 2016, part of Helsington Parish – including Brigsteer village, Helsington Barrows, Sizergh Fell, Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley – was incorporated into the Lake District National Park.