Key Eden planning document to undergo review

Eden District Council has announced that it will be undertaking a partial review of the Eden Local Plan 2014 - 2032.

The Local Plan is a key document used when assessing new planning applications in Eden. It sets out critical planning policies, including where and how many new houses can be built, where employment land is allocated and the design and type of buildings that are encouraged.

The 2019 decision to carry out a full review of the current Local Plan - due to run until 2032 - has recently been amended to prioritise a partial review of the Local Plan. This will ensure no work is wasted in view of emerging changes to national planning legislation, as well as possible Local Government re-organisation in Cumbria.

The partial review is set to introduce or strengthen policies on two key areas: climate change and design.

The partial review has now commenced and the Council will shortly publish the Local Development Scheme, which includes the timetable for the Partial Review.

Public involvement at this early stage of the plan’s preparation is important to help shape future policies. Public consultation is expected to commence next month, for a period of six weeks. The Council welcomes as many responses as possible to inform how it develops planning policies relating to design and climate change.

To ensure you don’t miss out on being notified of this and future planning policy consultations, Eden residents and businesses are encouraged to register their contact details with Eden District Council by completing the online form at: https://www.eden.gov.uk/Planning-Policy-consultation-registration

Whilst the Council’s priority is the partial review of the Local Plan, the Council will also shortly commence a Settlement Study which will be a key piece of evidence in relation to a wider review of the Local Plan at a future date.