Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan
The Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan was formally made part of Eden's Development Framework at full Council on the 11 April 2013.
Carr House Neighbourhood Development Order
A Neighbourhood Development Order is being developed in the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan Area. The Qualifying Body initiating this order is Kirkby Stephen Parish Council.
The proposed Order has been the subject of a local consultation which closed at the end of March. Responses to the consultation now need to be taken into account before the proposed Order is submitted to the Local Planning Authority which will then arrange an independent examination. The independent examiner will consider whether the Order meets the 'Basic Conditions' and make recommendations to the Planning Authority regarding a local referendum.
Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan Area
Stage one - neighbourhood area designation
The first stage in developing a Neighbourhood Plan is to designate the 'Neighbourhood Area' which it will cover. A Neighbourhood Area application was received from Brough Parish Council, as the lead parish representing the Upper Eden Community Plan Group (an association of the 17 Parishes in the Upper Eden Area), on 28 May 2012. After an eight-week consultation period, we designated the area on 16 August 2012, granting them the right to produce their own Neighbourhood Plan.
Stage two - publication and consultation
Following the designation of the Neighbourhood Area, the Upper Eden Community Plan Group submitted a draft of the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan to us. We were required to publicise the Plan for a minimum of six weeks. We published the draft plan and asked for comments from stakeholders and the public. The consultation period closed on Friday 16 November.
To view the comments that were submitted download the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan Written Representations (PDF: 496Kb / 34 pages)
Stage three - examination
We subsequently appointed John Glester, a consultant with a wealth of planning experience to review whether the Draft Plan should proceed to referendum. The Plan went through an independent examination and we received the examiner's report. The report recommended that, with some changes, the Draft Plan should proceed to a referendum where local residents will be asked whether it should be adopted as formal Planning Policy for the area. It is the first Neighbourhood Plan in the country to be recommended to reach this stage.
The recommended changes were made to the Plan and our Executive Committee made the formal decision to proceed to a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum at their meeting of the 8 January 2013.
Stage four - referendum
A Neighbourhood Planning Referendum was held on Thursday 7 March 2013 where those who live within the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan Area were asked 'Do you want us to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Upper Eden area to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?'
- Vote Yes: 1310
- Vote No: 138
- Turn out rate: 33.67%
Therefore, 90% voted in favour of the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan.
See further information on the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan referendum.