Eden District Council is in the final stages of preparing a new Local Plan 2014-32. This Plan is in its ‘examination’ phase where it is being considered by a Planning Inspector. If the Inspector finds the Plan to be ‘sound’, it is likely that the National Park Authority will adopt its policies so that they can be applied in the Eden District part of the new National Park.
Until the new Local Plan is finalised the following adopted policies remain in force in Eden District:
Cumbria County Council are in the process of replacing the adopted Minerals & Waste Development Framework (2009). Consultation on the Publication version of this Plan concluded in July 2016. The next step will be for the Plan to be submitted to the Secretary of State so that it may be examined for soundness before being adopted. The National Park Authority will need to consider whether it wishes to adopt this Plan insofar as it relates to the parts of Eden and South Lakeland Districts outside of the former National Park boundary.
The following Supplementary Planning Documents have also been adopted in Eden:
- Shopfront and Advertisement Design SPD (2006)
- An Accessible and Inclusive Environment SPD (2007)
- Housing SPD (2010)
- Management of Conservation Areas SPD(2011)
- Cumbria Wind Energy SPD (2007)
The Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan (2012) forms part of the adopted development plan for the parishes of Mallerstang, Kirkby Stephen, Crosby Garrett, Nateby, Ravenstonedale, Soulby, Musgrave, Waitby & Wharton within the National Park. Neighbourhood Planning Areas have also been designated in Asby, Crosby Ravensworth and Tebay.
Carr House Neighbourhood Development Order
An application for a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) has been submitted by Kirkby Stephen Town Council. Its purpose is to permit the lawful reoccupation and extension of Carr House, Mallerstang as an off grid holiday letting business (limited to seven years) and then a dwelling for local occupancy.
NDOs are an alternative to submitting a planning application in designated ‘neighbourhood areas’. They grant planning permission for a specified type of development but must comply with national planning policy, strategic local policy; and several legal requirements. NDOs can only be submitted by qualifying bodies such as parish and town councils.
The next stage is for Carr House to be assessed by an Independent examiner who will consider whether it meets the ‘basic conditions’ for a NDO. If the examiner and the Authority agree that it does, then the NDO will become the subject of a local referendum, within the Upper Eden neighbourhood area. If more than 50% of those voting support the NDO, it will be brought into force.
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