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Background to the Eden Local Plan Examination

The Eden Local Plan 2014 to 2032 was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on Wednesday, 23 December 2015.

This web page should be viewed alongside the Submission Draft page and the Examination Document Library page. There is also a page containing all representations submitted at Publication Stage. Further items will be added to this page as the Examination progresses. Representors and other interested parties are encouraged to view this page regularly for new items and latest developments.

Latest news on the Eden Local Plan

19 March: The Inspector has confirmed that the hearings are formally closed and that he is now progressing with his final report which will be made available on this page once concluded. On other topics, a small additional library item EL4.072 has been added regarding High Hesket.

13 February: Following the recent close of the Modifications consultation the Inspector has now been provided with full copies of the various responses which may be viewed on the Eden Local Plan Further Main Modifications consultation page. The Council have also supplied a summary to the Inspector with their own observations in the form of a Consultation Statement. The Inspector will now consider the future progress of the Examination and a further update will be provided once available – no further submissions should be sent for the Inspector unless invited.

The Inspector

Inspector Melvyn Middleton, BA(Econ) DipTP Dip Mgmt MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct the Examination to determine whether the Local Plan is sound and to subsequently issue a report with his findings.

The Programme Officer

All correspondence to and from the Inspector will be via an independent Programme Officer. Tony Blackburn has been appointed to fulfil this role and his contact details are as follows:

  • Email Address: tony.blackburn@eden.gov.uk
  • Postal Address: 15 Ottawa Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7EB
  • Telephone: 01254 260 286

The hearings

A series of public hearings chaired by the Inspector commenced on Monday, 9 May 2016 and resumed during July. A third series of hearings took place between Monday, 12 September 2016 and Thursday, 15 September 2016.

Following the interim Eden Local Plan consultation exercise, which ended on 10 April, a further short series of hearings took place on 2-3 May 2017 (see library item EL4.062a).

Consultation exercises

Details of the consultation stages that have taken place during 2017 and associated background documents can be found on the following pages:

The Eden Local Plan Further Main Modifications consultation ran from Wednesday, 6 December until Wednesday, 24 January 2018.

Examination timetable

Examination Stage Date
Submission 23 December 2015
Pre-Hearing Meeting Not Required
Hearing Starts 9 May 2016
Report Date To be confirmed
Adoption To be confirmed