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Preferred options document 2014 to 2032

The Eden Local Plan will cover Eden District for the years 2014 to 2032. This draft is known as the 'Preferred Options' version, as it is the strategy which we currently see as the best for the future of Eden.

Read the Eden Local Plan - Preferred Options Document 2014 to 2032 (PDF: 11Mb / 169 pages)

The main proposals are:

  • 3,600 new homes over the next 18 years, around half of which will be in Penrith;

  • New policies to encourage affordable and self-build properties in Eden's smaller villages;

  • 26.3 hectares of new employment land, plus support for longer term growth at Newton Rigg College and Eden Business Park (Phase 2) at Penrith.

The Plan includes maps which show where new development is anticipated.

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Work on the Plan was informed by feedback given so far through consultation on housing sites and policies in Spring 2013 and employment site and policies in Autumn 2013, as well as various technical studies and option appraisals. Links to supporting documents can be found further down the page.

Eden Local Plan preferred option consultation

The consultation period has now closed.

The most recent consultation ran for a period of ten weeks between Monday, 21 July 2014 and Friday, 26 September 2014.

Consultation documents

This Plan is supported by numerous technical documents and studies. Options and technical papers covering Housing and Employment are also available. We have also explored alternative options for the Local Plan and these are available in the Alternative Options Document below.

Paper copies of the Local Plan are available at the Council offices, local libraries, Alston local link and Kirkby Stephen local link.

In addition to the above, all the documents which formed the Local Plan can be found in the evidence base.

Read our Local Plan Frequently Asked Questions.

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