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Interim Eden Local Plan consultation

Following the Eden Local Plan 2014 – 2032 hearing sessions that took place in 2016, we have since undertaken further evidence-based work on the Local Plan with a view to addressing concerns raised by both participants and the Local Plan Inspector.

The additional work relates to the District’s Full Objectively Assessed Housing Need (FOAHN); the housing distribution strategy; and the allocation of sites (within the District’s four towns and Key Hubs) to meet future housing needs.

The main proposals are:

  • An increase in the number of houses to be built in Eden each year to 242 (an uplift of 42 dwellings per annum compared with the Local Plan 2014-2032 Submission Version);
  • Amendments to the housing allocation sites in Penrith, Alston, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen, primarily in response to the adjustment to the District’s overall housing target;
  • The number of key hubs has been reduced from 28 to just 12, focussing on the most sustainable locations; and,
  • New sites allocated for housing development in the key hubs (informed by the Land Availability Assessment 2015 and more recent intelligence) except where there is a commitment for a Neighbourhood Plan to allocate land, such as at Langwathby and Lazonby.

How to comment on the documents

This consultation period has now closed.

The consultation ran for 4 weeks from 5pm on Monday 13 March 2017 until 5pm on Monday 10 April 2017.

Consultation documents

Copies of the documents are available to view online using the links above or in the Examination Library. Alternatively, copies are available at Alston local links centre, Kirkby Stephen local links and libraries, as well as the receptions at Town Hall and Mansion House in Penrith.

What happens next?

The Inspector has considered it necessary to hold further hearing sessions. If you have indicated that you would like to participate in the hearings, the Programme Officer will have been in touch and you will now be included in the timetable. The hearings will take place on:

  • Tuesday 2 May: at the Eden Rural Foyer (Bloomfield Suite), Old London Road, Penrith CA11 8ET.  View the Agenda.
  • Wednesday 3 May: at the Upper Eden Rugby Club, Pennine Park, Westgarth, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4TF. View the Agenda.

Consultation Responses

All the consultation responses are contained in the Interim Consultation Response Schedule (Excel file: 136Kb).

The following consultation responses were received in respect of the Interim Consultation (the IC reference number refers to the relevant response in the consultation Response Schedule above):

Read our Consultation Statement: Interim Consultation (prior to Major Modifications) April 2017 (PDF: 7.53Mb / 54 pages).

Warning: Some of the above files are large documents and may take a long time to download.