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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Debate over where to put 3,500 homes in Cumbria

Talks are to start over where to build more than 3,500 new homes.

The ambitious target is part of a blueprint to map the financial future of Eden.

The district’s local plan predicts the area’s population will grow by just under six per cent over the next 18 years.

About 1,500 jobs are expected to be created during the same period.

A public consultation is being run by the district council for the next 10 weeks when people will be able to give their views on potential sites for the houses.

Council leader Gordon Nicolson says it’s important that residents get involved.

He said: “We want to hear people’s views about how they want Eden district to develop in the future.

“It is really important that we get this plan right for the next generation. We need to ensure we allocate enough housing in the right places to meet not just the needs of young families, but also an ageing population. We also want to stimulate economic growth by making development land available for the higher paid jobs that our young people need.

“All these elements are important if we want a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous district in the years to come.

“The Government requires planning authorities to produce a local plan and to have a five-year supply of housing sites available at any time. Local Plans set out arrangements for housing and employment sites and other environmental and design factors that will influence developers’ actions. Public consultation is an essential part of the process.”

The consultation documents can be seen at Alston Local Links Centre, Appleby Library, Kirkby Stephen Local Links Centre, Lazonby Local Links Centre, Penrith Library, Town Hall and Mansion House and at Shap Library. A copy is also being sent to every parish council and a series of drop-in sessions are being held at various locations.

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