Eden District Council has formally adopted the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan following their Full Council meeting on 11 April 2013. At the meeting members agreed to make the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan (covering Brough Parish and 16 surrounding parishes in East Cumbria) part of the Eden Development Plan (planning policy used to determine planning applications).
Eden District Council’s Leader, Councillor Gordon Nicolson said: “I welcome the decision by the Council to formally adopt the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan as part of its planning policies. I would encourage local people to submit planning applications because the Neighbourhood Plan is all about enabling people to build houses where they want to live. This is a primary aim of the Council’s housing policies.”
The plan went through a neighbourhood planning referendum on 7 March 2013, where residents of the 17 parishes were asked; 'Do you want Eden District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Upper Eden area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area? 90% of voters said yes.
Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Government as part of the Localism Act in 2011. The Upper Eden Plan in the first in the country to go through the whole process and be formally adopted.
Eden District Council’s Planning and Economy Portfolio Holder and Brough Ward Councillor, Malcolm Smith, said: “I am delighted the Council has formally adopted the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan as part of its planning policies, this is a historic achievement and one the local community are justifiably proud of.”
The Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by the Upper Eden Community Plan Group, which represents 17 parish councils across the area. For more information visit www.uecp.org.uk
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