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Neighbourhood Plan

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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.

Pre Hearing Initial Comments of the Independent Planning Inspector

Post Hearing Note of the Independent Planning Inspector

Response to Correspondence Received by the Examiner from Friends of the Beacon and Keep Penrith Special Group

Letter received by the Inspector from Friends of Penrith Beacon

Letter received by the Inspector from Keep Penrith Special

“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”.

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 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.