1.1 Eden District Council is charged with the
preparation of a statutory Local Plan covering the whole of the
area for which it is planning authority as shown on Map 1. In this
instance that means the whole of Eden District apart from that area
which is within the Lake District National Park.
1.2 The Eden Local Plan makes provision up to
the year 2006, in line with the policies of the Cumbria and Lake
District Joint Structure Plan. The document outlines the Council's
broad planning strategy for the District for the next decade and
describes the principal issues that the Eden Local Plan addresses.
Flowing from that strategy are specific objectives and related,
detailed policies and proposals.
1.3 The Local Plan was placed on deposit for a
six week period from 30 September 1994 to facilitate consultation
and comment. Following the deposit period all objections or
statements of support were considered by the Council which then
published for consultation purposes two sets of proposed amendments
to the Local Plan policies and proposals.
1.4 The Council negotiated with objectors to
resolve objections immediately following the deposit consultation
period. Matters which remained unresolved were considered by an
independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State
for the Environment at a Public Local Inquiry which took place in
November 1995. The Inspector also considered all written
representations which were received. Following that consideration
the Inspector made recommendations to the Council which, in the
light of those recommendations, decided on modifications to the
Deposit Draft Local Plan prior to adoption. Those modifications
were the subject of public consultation for a six week period
commencing on the 10 July 1996 prior to the formal adoption of the
Local Plan by the Council on 2 December 1996.
1.5 The Eden Local Plan, together with the
Cumbria and Lake District Joint Structure Plan 1991 - 2006 and the
Cumbria Coal Local Plan (adopted 1991, to be superseded by the
Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan) now comprises the statutory
development plan for the area.