Following the submission of responses to the Post Hearing Note to the Independent Planning Inspector, the Examiner for the Penrith NDP is proposing a new, bespoke policy in respect of Beacon Hill. He has asked Eden District Council to arrange a public consultation on the proposed policy early in 2022. The Examiner will then consider all comments made in response to the consultation before making his recommendation in his Examination Report.
Responses to Post Hearing Note from the Planning Inspector
13 October 2021 – Letter from Penrith Town Council
15 October 2021 – Letter on behalf of the Landowners
8 October 2021 – Letter from Keep Penrith Special
8 October 2021 – Letter from Friends of Penrith Beacon
Further Post-Hearing Meeting Note
Following submission of the agreed draft policy on Beacon Hill to the Examiner, the Examiner issued a further Post-Hearing Meeting Note which sets out a set of specific questions for the Town Council and the Landowner. It also provides Friends of the Beacon and Keep Penrith Special further opportunity to comment on the two alternative policies put forward by Penrith Town Council and the landowners. Penrith Town Council’s proposed policy can be found
31 August – Following a special meeting of Penrith Town Council on 27 July the Town Council response to the Examiner incorporated a suggested alternative policy in respect of Beacon Hill.
The Independent Planning Inspector asked Penrith Town Council to consider developing a specific policy for Beacon Hill as it is too large an area to be included as Local Green Space. Representatives of Penrith Town Council met representatives of Lowther Estates to hear their proposals for Beacon Hill. It was not possible to come to agreement on a proposed policy which would go against the expressed wishes of the town’s residents. The proposed Beacon Hill Protected Landscape Feature policy was agreed at a special meeting of Council on 27 July and has been submitted to the Inspector. We are awaiting feedback as to how this will be moved forward.
Following submission of the draft Neighbourhood Plan documentation to Eden District Council in December 2019, Codid-19 caused a delay to the process. Mr John Slater the Independent Planning Inspector appointed to consider the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan carried out a hearing on-line on Tuesday 9th February. Below you can find two documents that he has released. You can view the hearing sessions on the Eden District Council Website at https://www.eden.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/penrith-neighbourhood-planning-area/
Response to Correspondence Received by the Examiner from Friends of the Beacon and Keep Penrith Special Group
“I acknowledge the two emails which I have received from the Friends of Penrith Beacon and the Keep Penrith Special Group.
It is very unusual to be receiving representation at this stage of a neighbourhood examination as the procedures for conducting neighbourhood plan examinations is set down in legislation and regulation. That has prescribed period where representations may be submitted for the examiners consideration. However I do recognise that the issue regarding the development of a new policy at this stage , covering The Beacon may justify further public involvement . The position with regard to the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan is that the examination is now held in abeyance until I receive the outcome of the discussions, which I encouraged in my Post Hearing Note, between Penrith Town Council and the landowners, Lowther Estates assisted by Eden District Council. These discussion need to run their course.
However if a new policy does emerge, whether it is with or without the agreement of the landowners, I must consider whether that new policy should be the subject of public consultation as any new policy would not have been the subject of any prior consultation. Clearly if no policy is put forward by the Town Council, I will proceed with my examination, based on the plan as submitted. If the Town Council does recommend to me that I should consider a new policy to protect the Beacon, my current intention is that this policy should be the subject of a focused consultation which will be facilitated by Eden District Council. That would then be the appropriate time for the two campaign groups to let me have their considered views on any policy being suggested.
In the interest of the transparency of the examination process, I have asked the District Council and the Town Council to put the two letter and this response on the respective neighbourhood plan websites”.
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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.