We’ve got some big questions for you

We've got some big questions, can you help with the answers?

Eden District Council has announced that it will be undertaking a partial review of the Eden Local Plan 2014 to 2032, and it has set out some big questions for Eden residents, businesses and stakeholders to answer.

The Council needs your views and ideas about how planning decisions in Eden need to change, to help improve design in Eden and protect the local environment.

Eden District Council leader, Cllr. Virginia Taylor, said; "Planning is one of the most important things that EDC does. Our Local Plan is the foundation that sets out what can be built and where. The current Local Plan was designed before it was fully understood that climate change and biodiversity loss were real and that we all need to do all that we can to stop them. It was also adopted without strong design policies to ensure the development of ‘beautiful’ places, valued by residents, businesses and visitors.

“We want our Local Plan to play its part in making Eden a better place to live and work for future generations. The views of the local community and its stakeholders are vitally important at this early stage of the review. Your opinions and ideas will inform how policies will be drafted by planning officers, so it’s essential that your voice is heard during this consultation.”

The questions being consulted on include:

  • How important is it to reduce the risk of flooding?
  • Should solar panels be installed as standard on all new buildings?
  • What is it about your part of Eden that makes it so special?
  • Should new developments provide electric vehicle charging options?
  • How important is it to protect local wildlife habitats?
  • What is it that makes good or bad design?

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 Partial Review is being carried out to incorporate new policies into the adopted Local Plan, especially in relation to addressing climate change and strengthening the design criteria that must be met by new developments.

Eden District Council is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to respond to the consultation through a short questionnaire. Further details about the consultation, including how to respond to the questionnaire, are available on the Council’s website at www.eden.gov.uk/ELP-partial-review-consultation from Friday 25 June 2021. The public consultation ends at noon on Monday 9 August 2021.

For this consultation, the Council is hoping to engage with as many people as possible, including residents who wouldn’t normally respond to traditional consultation methods. To help with this, and in addition to the online questionnaire, residents are being invited to use VideoAsk to submit their responses.

VideoAsk allows users to quickly record a visual or audio response, send a text or an instant message in response to direct questions posed through the video. It’s hoped that the more personal, one-to-one nature of VideoAsk will help in canvassing the opinions of both the district’s younger and more-senior populations. Find out more at www.videoask.com/fymgdrbn8

If you have any questions or queries in relation to the Partial Review of the Eden Local Plan 2014 - 2032, or you are unable to respond via the on-line questionnaire or VideoAsk please contact a member of the Council’s Planning Policy Team on 01768 817817 or by email at loc.plan@eden.gov.uk.