Clifton residents could soon have a greater say on future of the parish

The parish of Clifton could soon become a designated Neighbourhood Area, which means the local community will have a greater say in the future development of the parish.

Eden District Council has received an application from Clifton Community Council, which is seeking approval for the area to become an officially designated Neighbourhood Area.

The application is currently in the consultation stage and will be considered by the new Westmorland and Furness Council in April. Residents and other interested parties can have their say on the application up until the deadline of 5pm on Monday 10 April 2023.

A designation such as this would allow Clifton Community Council to prepare a neighbourhood plan, which seeks to help shape the future of the Clifton area and give more control to local residents. A neighbourhood plan can include policies on issues such as housing, transport, and the environment. It can also identify areas where development can take place, and where it should be restricted.

If approval is given, the designation of Clifton as a Neighbourhood Area would give residents a greater say in the future development of the area, and ensure that their views are taken into account by planners and developers.

A copy of the application and a map of the area can be viewed on the Eden District Council website at or at Town Hall, Corney Square, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7QF on weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

Representations on whether the area is an appropriate neighbourhood area may be made to Eden District Council no later than 5pm on 10 April 2023 by writing to the Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith CA11 7YG or by email to