On 23rd September 2019, Penrith Town Council considered the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan document which had been development from key issues raised by the public during the initial consultation. Members unanimously agreed the plan with the re-insertion of a number of green spaces and sports, leisure and recreation facilities which it had been suggested should be removed during the last consultation.
The final draft document was passed to Eden District Council in December 2019 who must carry out the statutory Regulation 16 consultation before passing it to an independent planning inspector who will examine the plan. The Independent Inspector has been appointed and we currently await information from him.
Thank you to everyone who has responded so far. Your comments have been invaluable in creating the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
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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 been supported throughout the process by a 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. That was the District Council’s vision for the future growth (homes, business and leisure areas) in and around Penrith from 2032 to 2050 but which has now been scrapped.
The following short video 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.