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Neighbourhood Plan


Fifteen months after undertaking the initial public consultation to obtain residents’, businesses’ and visitors’ views on the town, Penrith Town Council published its draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) which, when approved, will become part of Eden’s development plan and will be used by the District Council and Town Council to help determine planning applications.

An informal consultation on the Draft Plan was carried out between 26 June and 31 July 2018 to confirm that the draft NDP had covered all the issues raised by the public during the initial consultation during March and April 2017, and that the group had developed appropriate corresponding policies and supporting actions to address the issues.

The consultation was publicised through regular press releases, a newsletter delivered to most households in the parish, and through the Town Council’s social media and website. The draft plan was also sent to all Councillors representing Penrith, the local NHS, Cumbria Police, Cumbria Fire and Rescue, business representatives, youth organisations, schools, community groups, the District and County Councils, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Woodland Trust, Natural England and Friends of the Lake District for comment.

A total of 70 individual responses were received, 67 from members of the public and 3 from organisations. The Neighbourhood Plan Group carefully considered all the comments and queries and their responses to them will be published on this website next week. We apologise for the delay in sharing this information which has been caused by technical difficulties.

Public Responses to Consultation

Vision Statement

Penrith Heart of Cumbria – a great place to live, work and visit

By 2032, Penrith will be a successful, vibrant market town providing a sustainable environment for quality of life, attracting investment and tourism whilst enhancing the best of its built and natural character


Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Executive of Eden District Council designated Penrith as a neighbourhood area at its meeting on 6th September 2016.  A map of the Penrith Neighbourhood Area is attached together with the Area Designation Notice.

Penrith Town Council is making a Neighbourhood Plan for Penrith and has recently appointed the very experienced firm Kirkwells as it’s independent planning consultants to help in the process.

Neighbourhood Planning is not about stopping development but about giving people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and where new homes, shops and businesses should be built.  Penrith’s Neighbourhood Plan will provide a framework to guide the future development, regeneration and conservation of the town over the next 20 years.

Our Neighbourhood Plan should not be confused with Eden District Council’s Masterplan which is the District Council’s vision for the future growth (homes, business and leisure areas) in and around Penrith from 2032 to 2050.

The following film by Locality explains what Neighbourhood Planning is in more detail

Neighbourhood Plan Preparation Process

Penrith Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Group, which is made up of Town Councillors and volunteers from local interest groups, are working hard to develop a Neighbourhood Plan which will influence planning decisions in the Penrith Parish area from 2018 to 2032.


As the process progresses, more information will be added to these pages but if you have any queries in the meantime please contact us on 01768 899773.