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Council plan 2019 to 2023

This is our council plan for the next four years - a shared vision for Eden to be a sustainable community and place now, whilst safeguarding the needs of future generations. Partnership working and collaboration will be the key to success in delivering on our ambitions. We can only deliver this plan through working with residents, the business community, and with public, voluntary and community sectors.

Our vision for Eden

Our vision for Eden is of a place where people act together to meet the needs of all and ensure the well-being of future generations.

Our priorities

In order to achieve this vision, we will focus on four priorities:

  • Sustainable - Make our Council financially viable, customer focused and zero carbon. Co-produce economic opportunities and strategies which will protect Eden’s working cultural landscapes and biodiversity, aiming to store more carbon than is produced in the District.

  • Healthy, safe and secure - Improve housing, both new build and existing, working towards self-sufficiency in energy and co-produce healthy, connected, prosperous communities, for all, urban and rural.

  • Connected - Improve digital connectivity, transport and access to attract and support businesses, employees and families, connecting Eden with the global economy and knowledge industries. People are connected in communities with access to education, work, healthcare and leisure.

  • Creative - Support businesses to respond to national and global changes and encourage innovation in tourism, food and green industries and develop arts and cultural activities to add to town centre vibrancy, support communities and improve health and well-being.

We declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in July 2019. We want to make our operations zero carbon by 2030; encourage initiatives which help Eden district to become net zero carbon; improve biodiversity while protecting our working cultural landscapes and economies.

We want to be leaders in shaping a sustainable model for living in changing times and for Eden to become a centre of excellence for the latest green technologies.

Eden will be a sustainable place where everyone has an opportunity to prosper. To promote this future we need to deliver a set of key building blocks:

  • a reviewed Eden Local Development Plan;
  • housing and affordable housing strategies;
  • improved broadband for our businesses, communities and visitors;
  • and business growth which encourages ambitious young people to live and work in the district.

Getting things done is important to us. We will be reporting back to you on progress in delivering these priorities.

Sustainable

Make our Council financially viable, customer focused and zero carbon. Co-produce economic opportunities and strategies which will protect Eden’s working cultural landscapes and biodiversity, aiming to store more carbon than is produced in the District.

By March 2023 we will have:

  • Prepared a revised Local Plan ready for submission to the Secretary of State.
  • Achieved financial viability by transforming the Councils operating model, focussing on customers, service delivery, digital technology, accommodation, workforce skills and income generation.
  • Identified and attained interim targets towards achieving net zero carbon by 2030.
  • A sustainable waste and recycling system.
  • Renewable energy schemes in operation.

Key actions for 2019/2020:

  • Assess the ecological impacts of all Eden District Council’s decisions and actions.
  • Prepare a Zero Carbon Eden Strategy to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030 which considers all activities for which the Council is responsible.
  • Work with other councils and public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and globally) to determine best practice methods to achieve net zero carbon emissions in Eden District by 2030.
  • Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and funding to meet a 2030 net zero carbon target across Eden District.
  • Begin the process of recommissioning waste, recycling and streetscene services to deliver sustainability and value for money.
  • Agree the programme for the review of Local Development Framework (Local Plan).
  • Agree the business case for the Council’s transformation programme (One Eden) by March 2020.
  • Develop the Financial Strategy to align to the new Council Plan.
  • Invest in Heart of Cumbria Ltd to help deliver Council priorities.
  • Support the development of local sustainable energy schemes with project management and bids for funding.

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Healthy, safe and secure

Improve housing, both new build and existing, working towards self-sufficiency in energy and co-produce healthy, connected, prosperous communities, for all, urban and rural.

By March 2023 we will have:

  • Improved the availability of activities to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all through leisure centres, exercise outreach programmes, arts and countryside.
  • Delivered sustainable housing that meets local need.
  • Provided accessible Eden District Council services to meet changing customer needs.
  • Delivered plans supporting the future of rural communities – transport, rural skills, microbusinesses.
  • Retain and attract a working age population to overcome the increasing demographic imbalance.

Key actions for 2019/2020:

  • Develop and deliver a Housing Strategy to meet local needs.
  • Publish a Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
  • Deliver a strategy which supports innovative, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing.
  • Support Community Led Housing schemes and self-build and custom-build housing.
  • Deliver a programme to reduce fuel poverty linked to the Zero Carbon Eden Strategy.
  • Conduct a feasibility study for a support service (Homes Improvement Agency) to enable access to grants to improve the condition, energy efficiency and carbon footprint of private rented and owner occupied properties.
  • Scope a review of community grants for April 2020.
  • Develop an Eden Economic Strategy to support growth, business development, a higher wage economy and skills gaps.
  • Support activities programme such as fit4all for older residents.
  • Work in partnership to attract younger families to the district.

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Connected

Improve digital connectivity, transport and access to attract and support businesses, employees and families, connecting Eden with the global economy and knowledge industries. People are connected in communities with access to education, work, healthcare and leisure.

By March 2023 we will have:

  • Improved links between the community and the Council.
  • Created conditions supporting technology businesses to set up and thrive in the district. Creating infrastructure and work space, achieving targets towards 100% broadband coverage of Eden District.
  • Worked in partnership to improve strategic and local road infrastructure.
  • Supported provision and use of safe walking and cycling routes in towns, villages and rural areas.
  • Seen improvements in provision of public transport for rural communities.

Key actions for 2019/2020:

  • Identify opportunities to lobby for improvements to the network of public transport provision.
  • Support communities to build resilient integrated transport through the Cumbria Mobility Network.
  • Work in partnership to deliver the Cumbria Cycle Strategy to make Eden an even better place to cycle for those who visit and live here.
  • Prepare a sector specific Business Growth Programme.
  • Bring together a local strategic partners summit to plan for Eden’s future.
  • Prepare a new model for leisure services provision.
  • Initiate co-production of a plan for the future of Castle Park.
  • Support Newton Rigg College to develop a future plan.
  • Initiate co-production of renewed working arrangements with town and parish councils.
  • Delivering electric vehicle charging points in the district.
  • Develop a superfast broadband action plan by March 2020, working with partners to upgrade broadband provision to communities and businesses through the Borderlands Deal.

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Creative

Support businesses to respond to national and global changes and encourage innovation in tourism, food and green industries and develop arts and cultural activities to add to town centre vibrancy, support communities and improve health and well-being.

By March 2023 we will have:

  • Established Eden as a place for innovators in digital, green and other businesses and for artists and craftspeople.
  • Created conditions that support the development of green businesses.
  • Reinvented our town centres for the future.
  • Delivered employment sites which incorporate plans to reach net zero carbon emissions.

Key actions for 2019/2020:

  • Identify a carbon literacy training offer for businesses.
  • Develop an Arts and Culture Strategy working in collaboration with partners.
  • Support the market towns in the delivery of plans for their future.
  • Review hotel provision to support the sustainable growth of the local and visitor economy in Eden.
  • Deliver the Eden Apprenticeship scheme, ensuring at least 15 apprentices a year are recruited across the district.
  • Deliver the Eden Business Support Fund.
  • Deliver a support programme for businesses managing the impact of Brexit.
  • Commission a review of employment land to help ensure adequate supply to meet demands for growth.

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