Decision details

Eden District Council Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval of the County Councils response to the consultation on the Eden District Council Local Plan (Preferred Options). The Local Plan will have a key role in identifying land use principles, development sites and in providing a framework for the determination of planning applications in Eden.


The Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services presented a  report which informed Cabinet of the consultation on Eden District Council’s Preferred Options Local Plan 2014-2032 (“the Local Plan”).   The Local Plan was the statutory land-use document, which would provide the policy basis for determining planning applications within Eden district.  Members were asked to consider the issues outlined in the report and agree that the full responses set out in Appendices A, B, C and the Local Member comments in Appendix D be forwarded to Eden District Council. 

This consultation was in effect a re-run of the two earlier Preferred Options Local Plan consultations (Housing Sites and Policies Consultation (February 2013) and the Employment Sites and Policies Consultation (July 2013)) to which Cabinet provided a response in June 2013 and October 2013.  The current Preferred Options consultation had been reissued to join both these elements together, and address some of the feedback received to the earlier Preferred Options Consultation Document. 


It was considered that the Local Plan would have a positive effect on development and growth within Eden.  From the Council’s perspective, the Plan:

§                met with the Councils overall vision and priorities,

§                would help to deliver much needed housing within Eden,

§                would help deliver employment sites to support local economic growth,

§                through a Masterplan approach for sites within Penrith would allow for a comprehensive approach to employment, housing and infrastructure planning.  


Notwithstanding the positive aspects of the Local Plan detailed in paragraph 1.3, it was considered that there are a number of areas which require greater clarity or improvement.  These were as follows:

§                greater clarity should be provided in relation to the justification for the reduction in the overall housing target.

§                greater clarity should be provided in relation to the size and type of development at the Newton Rigg Campus.

§                the policy in relation to open space / amenity should be amended in relation to school playing fields.

§                sites that the Council have previously put forward to be included as allocations within the Local Plan should be considered for inclusion. 

§                amendments should be made to policies relating to infrastructure to  explicitly list as many of the possible forms of contribution obligations may be sought for.

§                amendments should be made in relation to policies relating to Adult Social Care and Landscape.

§                Eden District Council will need to develop a robust Infrastructure Delivery Plan.


The Cabinet Member for Environment welcomed the response and echoed the concerns of members with regard to the inclusion of school playing fields as open space.  He moved a minor amendment to the recommendation to delegate authority to the Corporate Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member to make technical amendments to the response as necessary before it submission.


The Leader referred to Cabinet’s consideration of the Carlisle City Centre Local Development Framework at their last meeting, minute 74 refers, and the additional recommendation he had moved which required the councils to work together to identify, prioritise and fund the infrastructure proposed in the plan and moved a similar additional recommendation to the Eden Plan which the Cabinet Member was happy to accept.




(1)   that authority to undertake further work on the strategic response outlined in the report and the technical response contained in Appendices A, B and C be delegated to the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services in consultation with the Leader, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and once completed the submission be made along with the views of Eden Local Committee contained in Appendix D be forwarded to Eden District Council to assist the ongoing development of their Local Plan.


(2)   that Cabinet agree to Cumbria County Council signing a joint statement of intent with Eden District Council setting out how both Councils will work together to identify, prioritise and fund the infrastructure necessary to support development proposed in the Eden District Local Plan.



Report author: Graeme Innes

Publication date: 28/10/2014

Date of decision: 23/10/2014

Decided at meeting: 23/10/2014 - Cabinet

Effective from: 05/11/2014

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