Eden District Council Ten Year Plan
The Ten Year Plan published early in 2007 by Eden
District Council highlights several problems which could be alleviated by reconstruction of the Railway between Keswick and
Penrith and the wider improvements to public transport provision which would follow.
Many of these relate to
a poor transport infrastructure and resulting community, social and economic problems.
Link to Eden District Council's "Local Plan":
Click here to go to the Eden Local Plan
Lake District National Park Authority - Local Development Framework
Policies adopted in October 2010.Policy CS04: We will support initiatives that reduce the need to travel, and strengthen
thesustainable transport links
between settlements in the North area withCarlisle, Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven. We will
to protect the redundant Keswick to Penrith railway line fromdevelopment that would compromise its future use as a sustainable transport route.
Click here to go to the policies on the LDNPA website
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Disused railway lines and canals should be protected from development where there is potential for future
reuse as viable transport routes.
RPG13 (North West Region)
“Local Authorities should protect
disused railway lines from development where there is the potential for their future re-use as transport routes”.
in the case of the Keswick to Penrith Railway line, there is more than a “potential”. The Northwest Regional Development
Agency (NWDA) supports this reopening in principle and appointed consultants to investigate the business case for the
PPG 13 (National Government)
Various requirements to avoid the development of roads, encourage the use and development
of public transport, provide transport infrastructure with the minimum of environmental impact and indicate transport corridors
within the local plan.
Obstructing the existing Railway trackbed would violate many of these inter-linked principles.
Council has previously suggested that CKP Railways plc should seek to have the route protected in the Local Plan process.
not been an opportunity to do so effectively in recent years, and the above policies clearly show that it is the Local
Authority’s responsibility to identify and protect Railway trackbeds – this is because not every
route will have yet been identified as a candidate for reopening or have a project actively being developed !
case of Keswick to Penrith, CKP Railways has made every effort to remind Eden District Council of the trackbed’s existence
and significance, but the Council has failed to acknowledge this by applying protection.
There is no proven need
to obstruct the Railway trackbed (the primary test under Government guidance PPG13). Plans submitted with most previous applications
indicated the presence of the Railway trackbed, and it is shown on the Council's mapping system, so there is no excuse
for not being aware of it.
Planning Decisions at Eden District Council ae made by a Committee of Members,
taking advice from their Officers who are supposed to review all the evidence and objections and give an opinion based on
all relevant policies.
None of these people have experience of designing or building Railways.
has repeatedly offered to meet Officers and members to explain the Railway Project and the relevant constraints and costs.
These offers have been ignored or refused.
An offer to provide an Engineer on site at Flusco to explain
the problems which would arise from the very first planning application was refused by the Council because, they said, it
could set a precedent.