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The Town Council wishes to encourage our readers to:

‘GET INVOLVED AND HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PENRITH’

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:

http://www.penrithtowncouncil.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan/neighbourhood-plan-documentation/

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.

Hard copy newsletters are available in Penrith Library and the Council Office.

A number of  households in Penrith have received a newsletter through the letter box.

We apologise if you have not had a copy this time but the extreme hot weather hampered our volunteers as they delivered the flyers around Penrith before the Cumbria in Bloom judging took place.

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make the town look marvelous for the summer and the In Bloom judging.