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Have your say on the future development of Penrith

Eden District Council has received a Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan from Penrith Town Council, and will be consulting on the document from Wednesday 23 September for six weeks.

The Plan has been developed from three previous public consultations and comments from the town’s residents and businesses have been considered.

A Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for a local area and contains policies on how land should be developed and used. Hundreds of plans are used across the country to help guide local development, by looking at specific local issues rather than larger, strategic ones.

The Penrith Neighbourhood Plan includes policies relating to sustainable design, the town’s conservation areas, housing, local green spaces, sport, leisure and recreation facilities, traffic management and town centre improvements, amongst others.

From Wednesday 23 September 2020 until Wednesday 4 November 2020, Eden District Council is consulting with and seeking comments from local residents, landowners, businesses and community groups on the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan.

Cllr. Lissie Sharp, Communities Portfolio Holder at Eden District Council, said: “If adopted, the Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan will become a crucial document when it comes to guiding new development in Penrith.

“We’re urging local people to take a look at the proposed Plan and let us know what they think.

“This is another chance for local residents and businesses to have their say on what the future of Penrith can look like: so please get in touch. All comments made will be passed onto the independent examiner for their consideration.”

You can view the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents online at www.eden.gov.uk/penrithneighbourhoodplan. Limited appointments are also available with Penrith Town Council, Monday to Wednesday between 10am and 2pm. To arrange an appointment phone 01768 899773 or email deputytownclerk@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk.

Following the six-week consultation, an independent examiner will provide a review of the Plan, check that it satisfies legal requirements and make recommendations where required.

If the Plan is then adopted, it will become a statutory document that will be used when determining planning applications in Penrith.

Have your say! If you wish to make representations or comment, visit www.eden.gov.uk/penrithneighbourhoodplan and fill in the online consultation form. Alternatively, you can email your comments to neighbourhood.planning@eden.gov.uk or write to: Planning Policy Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7YG.

All comments must be received no later than Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Visit www.eden.gov.uk/penrithneighbourhoodplan for more information.