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Help Shape Penrith

Penrith Town Council has been producing a Neighbourhood Development
Plan (NDP) for the parish area of Penrith. The initial consultation, early in
2017, provided the comments that helped shape the policies and
supporting actions in the Plan and were based on what residents and
businesses told us. After the plan was drafted we consulted again to
confirm that we had covered all the issues raised.

We have now produced the final draft and must carry out what is called a
Regulation 14 Consultation. A summary of the NDP has been posted to
all households and businesses in the Penrith parish area with a
questionnaire and pre-paid envelope. Please return your completed
questionnaire to the Town Council by 1 April. Full copies of the NDP can
be found on our website at, in Penrith Library or
the Town Council Offices in Friargate. You can also email us on for an electronic copy.
If you prefer, you can  complete an electronic version of the survey on or you can write to us or email.

We are holding drop in sessions where you can come and speak to us. If
you can’t make a specific session you can pop into our offices any
morning between 9am and 1pm.

Drop-in sessions Penrith Neighbourhood Development Plan. Click to Expand

With respect to Eden District Council the NDP should not be confused with
their Masterplan. Your views are really important so please take this
opportunity to help shape your Town



Penrith Town Council supports a plastic free Penrith

TOWN councillors have backed a draft proposal for a plastic-free Penrith. Town councillor Doug Lawson put forward the plan to begin a voluntary scheme for businesses to remove single use plastics. Organisations would be invited to sign up to the scheme and agree to replace items such as plastic straws, cups and packaging with environmentally conscious alternatives. Town events, such as the May Day carnival and the Winter Droving, would be asked to include guidelines on how traders and attractions could comply.




Free parking in Penrith on selected Saturdays on lead up to Christmas

Eden District Council are offering free parking on Saturdays, in their off-street car parks during the run up to Christmas. This initiative supports the economic viability of local towns during the busy festive period.

The free parking will be available all day on the following Saturdays during December 2018:  8, 15 and 22 at: Bluebell Lane, Drovers Lane, Mansion House, Princes Street, Sandgate and the Town Hall.


Applications invited for Eden Community Fund Grants

Community and voluntary groups are invited to apply for the final tranche of funding available in 2018/19 from the eden Community Fund. Further information


Essential Gas Mains Improvement Works




Meet theMayor, Saturday 1st December, 2018

Penrith  Mayor, Cllr. Scott Jackson, wants to engage with you about issues you think are important for the local community or that affect our town! If you would like to talk to the Mayor about concerns, offer suggestions or discuss the things you think are positive about what’s happening in the town, Cllr Jackson is available fro 10 o’clock at the Council Office, Unit 1, Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria.CA11 7XR


Thank you to everyone who helped us to light the Beacon and who supported Penrith Remembers.



On the 11th November, Penrith will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

At 10.40am a Civic Parade will proceed from the Town Hall to St Andrews Church, where at 11.00am a two-minute silence will be observed with the laying of wreaths at the towns War Memorial in St Andrews Churchyard.

A Remembrance Day Service will follow delivered by Reverend David Sargeant. Following this service, the Penrith Branch of the Royal British Legion will proceed to Castle Park, to lay wreaths at the Memorial Gate.

In to the evening Penrith Town Council will be participating in the Battles Over, A Nations Tribute which will involve the Last Post being played by Bugle at 18:55 at Penrith Beacon. The names of the fallen in World War 1 will be read out by the Town Mayor, Councillor Jackson.

At 19:00 hours Penrith Beacon will be lit as part of the Beacons of Light project.

We ask that you put a light in your front window at 7pm to remember the fallen so that the light of the Beacon extends round Penrith.

This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on the 03 August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, when he remarked to a friend ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them again in our lifetime’.

The lighting of the Beacon is being undertaken by Penrith Town Council in partnership with Andy Need, of Cumbria DJ Store.

Members of the public will be able to observe the lighting of the Beacon from view points across Penrith, between 19:00 and 21:00 hours.

A path of light will extend from the Beacon to St Andrews Church from where at 19:05 hours St Andrews Church bell ringers will commence the ringing of the Church Bells as part of the Battles Over – Ringing Out for Peace project, which marked the celebration of the end of the First World War.

The Eden Valley Artistic Network are coordinating a project called Remembered.

‘Remembered’ will be performed by members of Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN) members to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of The Great War 1914 – 1918.

‘Remembered’, will have its poignant moments, respecting the memory of all too many lives lost. The world then was changing very quickly, and this will be reflected, not just with music, but dancing from Swing dance Cumbria, poetry performances from Penrith Players, community singing, a chance to step back in time and then move forward with hope.

Entry is free, but if possible, customers are asked to reserve tickets for The George evening performance from EVAN Gallery. EVAN gallery, 4 Corney Place, Penrith.


Meet the Mayor, Scott Jackson, on 1 December at 10 o’clock


18th October, 2018 – Niall Cherry talk on Messines Ridge

As the 11th November, 2018  marks 100 years since the end of WW1 approaches, people want to learn more about what became known as the ‘War to end all Wars.’ In Penrith, Niall Cherry, who has visited the Western Front on many occasions, will be giving a talk on ‘Messines Ridge.’ Niall has written several books about the first and second world wars. The talk will be held at the British Legion (Penreth), 28 Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT on 18th October 2018 at 7.30pm. £5 entry fee.

Soldiers at Messines Ridge. Credit: War Museum

10th October, 2018 – Memory Walk in Support of Alzheimers

Representatives from Eden Memory Services and other health groups, including Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Compass, Eden Carers as well as Penrith Museum and Penrith Town Council met at the Leisure Centre Penrith on 10th October, before taking part in a walk along the Town’s Heritage Trail. The walk highlighted the importance of memories as well as exercise for a healthy mind while spreading the word about different aspects of dementia and where to find support.

The Town Council wishes to encourage our community to:


This is the final week of Penrith Town Council’s informal consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

We need to confirm that we have covered all the issues that are important to you and developed corresponding planning policies and supporting actions where these are applicable.

To find this document online use the following link:

or you can call into the Library or the Town Council’s office to pick up a copy of the objectives and policies.

This consultation concludes on 31st July following which we will make amendments as appropriate before carrying out a more extensive formal pre-submission consultation during the autumn.

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

The group who undertook the work included: representatives from environmental groups, the secondary schools, Penrith Chamber of Trade, Penrith Business Improvement District, Churches Together, Cumbria Youth Alliance, arts groups and Newton Rigg College as well as Town Councillors.  The NDP Group has been supported by specialist advice from a retained Planning Consultant.

Early in the process, the NDP Group decided that sustainability, or meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, should be a theme connecting all the policies.

In recognition of climate and socio-economic change there are policies covering design and how we make new development more energy efficient, less damaging to the environment and more encouraging of healthy lifestyles.  In the case of the latter, developments need to be reasonably accessed by all age groups and sections of the community whether by public transport, walking, cycling or using mobility aids.

We have developed draft policies covering new housing to make sure these are of high quality and include a mix of homes to help meet the needs of young renters, with or without children; first time buyers; middle-aged empty nesters and the ageing population. The indications are that there is a shortage of one and two bedroom properties.  The Town Council’s ongoing Housing Needs Survey will help further inform and refine these policies.

Policies have been developed to influence the type of development in our Conservation Areas so that it is high quality and suitable in terms of character and appearance. The community is invited to propose non-designated buildings, streets or areas that are worthy of protection. The NDP Group has suggested Drovers Lane, Croft Terrace and parts of Castletown should be Listed.

Continuing the theme of protecting those things that are essential for a community to thrive, there are draft policies covering local greenspaces, recreation facilities, community facilities, education and healthcare provision.

Current traffic management issues affecting the town centre and its approaches featured in the issues raised during the first public consultation. The Town Council is proposing draft policies of working with the District and County Councils to identify and implement  improvements to traffic flow both in and around the town, pedestrian access, cycle routes and car parking (e.g. park and ride and low cost long term car parking)

Finally, the NDP Group has developed draft policies to enhance the vitality and viability of the town centre.

The Penrith NDP also includes actions for the Town Council which cannot be translated into planning policies but which can support the policies that have been developed.