Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA)

As part of our commitment to undertaking an early review of the Eden Local Plan, we have commissioned a key evidence-based document - a Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA).

The assessment outlines the number and type of new dwellings, as well as the employment land needed to meet housing demand and  support job growth over the period 2020 to 2040. In line with the area that will be the focus of the Local Plan review, the document focuses on the areas of Eden outside of the National Parks.

Consultant Turley Associates, in partnership with Edge Analytics, has assessed many factors, using new Government policy and guidance, to calculate the district’s housing and employment needs.

Download the Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) (PDF: 3,060 Kb / 188 pages).

The SHENA forms part of the evidence base for a number of other strategic documents, besides the Local Plan, including Eden’s Housing Strategy 2020 to 2025, which the Council will be consulting upon shortly.

How you can get involved

Public consultation is an important part of the assessment and we are keen to receive your views. We are therefore consulting on the document until 11:59pm on Sunday 31 January 2021.

The original deadline for responses (of 11 December 2020) has been extended to ensure that everyone who wishes to comment on the document has the opportunity to do so.

Please email your comments to or post them to: Planning Policy Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7YG.

However, as Eden District Council’s Planning staff are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 precautions, it would be helpful if responses could be sent by email, if possible. Letters may take some time to reach them.

You can request to be notified when we publish the final document at the time you make your representation.

Housing Strategy

Please note that this consultation is separate and additional to the Council’s draft Housing Strategy consultation, which closes on the 20 January, 2021.

The SHENA is part of the evidence base that informs the draft Housing Strategy.