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Landowners, land agents and developers packed into Penrith Town Hall this week to attend a seminar which highlighted how crucial the availability of development land is for Eden District’s economic expansion. Dr Robin Hooper, Eden District Council’s Chief Executive, organised the event to foster a better understanding amongst landowners, developers and land agents of the new ethos of collaboration that is required to get development moving in a challenging economic landscape.
Dr Hooper said: “I was delighted to see 60 people attending the Land Usage and Employment Seminar this week. The underlying message that came out was that only with the development industry, landowners and the Council working together can development really move forward, especially in today’s financial climate. The event provided an opportunity for an open discussion for all parties, and through that the sharing of knowledge and experience will provide a more solid foundation on which to take forward development proposals for the future.
“The immediate feedback from those who attended the seminar this week was that they would like another event to take place in 2013. I was delighted to see the venue for Monday’s Seminar full to capacity, but this unfortunately resulted in some interested having to be turned away, so we would encourage people interested in the next event to book early in order to avoid disappointment.”
Key speakers at Monday’s event included Fred Story representing Cumbria House Builders, Eden District Council’s Director of Planning Gwyn Clark, Senior Planning Officer Paul Fellows and Chief Executive Dr Robin Hooper.
It was announced at the Seminar that Eden District Council will be consulting on the eagerly awaited Preferred Housing Allocations document early in 2013. This will be closely followed by a further consultation on preferred sites for business development.
To obtain copies of the presentations given by the key speakers at the Housing and Employment Seminar Uses and Values of Land, contact Louise Fawcett at Eden District Council telephone: 01768 817817 or email: email@example.com For more information about Eden District Council visit www.eden.gov.uk or find us on Facebook or follow Eden Council on Twitter.