Penrith Neighbourhood Planning Area

Neighbourhood Plan Hearing

The Independent Examiner considers it necessary to hold a virtual Public Hearing in order to hear oral evidence on certain matters put forward in the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan Hearing will take place at 9am on Tuesday 9 February 2021 on Microsoft Teams and involve representatives from, and acting on behalf of, Penrith Town Council, Eden District Council and Lowther Estate Trust. Members of the public will be able to view the Hearing proceedings online but will not be able to contribute to it in any way. The matters to be addressed at the Hearing will focus on those raised in the Examiner’s Initial Observations (see update below of 13 January 2021).

View the morning Hearing session, starting at 9am using Microsoft Teams.

If it is necessary for the meeting to be reconvened in the afternoon of 9 February 2021, this would commence at 1.45pm. 

View the afternoon Hearing session, starting at 1.45pm using Microsoft Teams.

A recording of the Hearing will be made available to view, through this webpage, shortly after the event. 

13 January 2021: The Examiner wrote to us and Penrith Town Council on 8 January 2021 with his initial comments on the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan. These included a request that clarity be provided on a small number of key matters and indicated that a Hearing would be necessary, involving the following parties: Eden District Council; Penrith Town Council; and a representative(s) for Lowther Estate Trust. A date for the Hearing is currently being arranged. 

The letter from the Examiner is available below:

Examiner's Initial Observations (PDF: 198Kb / 6 pages)

Submission of Plan Proposal to Examination (Regulation 17)

In accordance with Regulation 17 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the submitted plan, supporting documents, and all representations received during the 6-week consultation period were sent to an Independent Examiner (Mr John Slater BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI). The Examiner considers whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and will identify an appropriate area for a referendum.

Previous consultation on Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16)

The Submission Draft Penrith Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Eden District Council for examination in August 2020.

As the local planning authority, Eden District Council was required to consult on the plan before the examination takes place. Everyone (including residents, landowners and businesses) had 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 had been prepared.

The consultation documents comprised:

Whilst not part of the formal submission to Eden District Council, Penrith Town Council also produced a summary document of the Neighbourhood Plan (PDF: 597Kb / 32 pages) - July 2020, incorporating all the policies.

All representations submitted in response to the consultation will be considered by the appointed independent examiner, Mr John Slater BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI.

At the examination, the 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.

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.