Penrith Neighbourhood Planning Area

Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan 2019 to 2032 (Regulation 16)

The Penrith Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Eden District Council for examination.

At the examination, an independent examiner will provide a review of the plan and make recommendations in accordance with the 2011 Localism Act and related regulations. In particular, the examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and identifies an appropriate area for a referendum.

The basic conditions set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which are set out in the legislation, are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans are compatible with their wider context. The plan must:

  • have regard to national planning policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  • contribute to achieving sustainable development;
  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan for the area (the Eden Local Plan); and,
  • be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements

If the neighbourhood plan receives a favourable examination report, and is subsequently supported by a local referendum, it will become part of the Council’s development plan. Its policies will be used to make decisions on relevant planning applications in Penrith alongside other appropriate policies within the remainder of the development plan.

Draft Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan 2019 to 2032 consultation

As the local planning authority, Eden District Council is required to consult on the plan before the examination takes place. Everyone (including residents, landowners and businesses) has six weeks from Wednesday 23 September to Wednesday 4 November 2020 to make representations on the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner is being appointed and any representations will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

Consultation documents

Whilst not part of the formal submission to Eden District Council, Penrith Town Council has produced a summary document of the Neighbourhood Plan (PDF: 597Kb / 32 pages) - July 2020, which incorporates all of the policies. However, if you wish to make representations on the Neighbourhood Plan, you are strongly encouraged to refer to the full Penrith Neighbourhood Plan document (see above) prior to doing so as this provides the rationale and context for the policies.

Alternatively you can make an appointment to view paper copies of the documents between 10am and 2pm Monday to Wednesday at:

Penrith Town Council offices
Unit 1 Church House
19-24 Friargate
CA11 7XR

Telephone: 01768 899773


How to make representations

You can make representations in one of the following ways:

Responses must be submitted by 4 November 2020.

As Eden District Council’s Planning staff are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 precautions, it would be helpful if responses could be made online or forms returned by email, if possible.

Please be aware that all representations will be made publicly available and may also appear on this website. We are required to share your information with an examiner for the purposes of the examination. For information regarding our data processing practices please see the Privacy Policy Statement.

Any comments may include a request to be notified of our decision under Regulation 19 in relation to the neighbourhood plan.

Previous consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 14)

Penrith Neighbourhood Plan 2019 to 2032 was open for public consultation (under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) for 8 weeks from 4 February 2019. This consultation closed on the 31 March, 2020.

View the draft neighbourhood plan on the Penrith Town Council website.

Contact Penrith Town Council offices to view paper copies of the plan.

Designation of Penrith Neighbourhood Area

The first stage in developing a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Development Order is to designate the 'Neighbourhood Area’, which it will cover. Penrith Town Council has submitted a Neighbourhood Area application. After a six week consultation period, which ended on Monday 4 July 2016, Eden District Council’s Executive approved the application on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

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