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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: the Council’s consultation on proposed Main Modifications has now commenced and will close on 21 August following which responses will be presented to the Inspector to assist his assessment of the soundness of the Plan. Documents relating to the start of the consultation exercise may be found in a new EL6 library section. These documents are also included in the Eden Local Plan Main Modifications consultation page.

4 July: the start of the Council’s consultation on proposed Modifications is scheduled for 10 July and will run for a six week period.  Further details and supporting documents will be added to this page shortly.

12 June: the Council are presently liaising with the Inspector regarding their proposed Modifications to the Plan and hope to progress a consultation exercise in the very near future. Alongside this exercise they intend to provide an update on their 5 Year Land Supply position – a current document now added to the library as EL4.070 has recently been provided to the Cumbria Housing Group forum for their consideration.

17 May: Details regarding the recent consultation may be found on the Interim Eden Local Plan consultation page. Following the related May hearings the Inspector has asked the Council to further review their proposed housing distribution – see library item EL4.069. Further consideration of this, together with other aspects arising from the hearings, is likely in early June when the Inspector will consider if the Council are in a position to progress with their consultation into proposed Modifications to the Local Plan.

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.

In respect of the Council’s recent 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).

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