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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

10 July: Fact check procedures in respect of the Inspector’s report are presently in progress. New examination library items EL4.074a, EL4.074b and EL4.074c relate to the recent ECJ ruling and impact on Habitats Regulations. Once achieved, details of publication of the Inspector’s final report on the local plan will be added to this webpage.

18 June: A Five Year Housing Land Supply update has been added to the Examination library as EL4.073.  The Inspector’s report on the Examination is expected to be with the Council in the very near future.

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:
  • 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