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New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage
The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.

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Parking charges divide opinion in Carlisle

Dozens of streets in Carlisle could soon be subject to on-street parking charges.

The County Council wants to enforce the fees across Cumbria and says charges are necessary amid budget cuts.

Some traders say it will harm their businesses because they don't think people will pay to park, but others have welcomed the move as a way to ease congestion.

Controversy over Carlisle parking charges

Parking has been a problem in the town for some time
Parking has been a problem in the town for some time Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council's plans to introduce on-street parking charges are dividing opinion in Carlisle city centre.

The majority of business in the historic quarter are opposing the plans on the grounds it will put off customers.

The move could see new on-street parking charges implemented
The move could see new on-street parking charges implemented Credit: ITV Border

However, people who live in the area are backing the move because the think it will ease congestion.

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New planning order means 'things will be sorter where should be'

Residents in Cockermouth have become the first in the country to make their own decisions over planning developments.

They voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Order, which will allow them to change their shop fronts and business uses without having to apply to the council for permission.

People are hoping it will help Cockermouth's ongoing recovery, following the damage caused by the 2009 floods. Lori Carnochan reports.

Council welcomes Cockermouth planning overhaul

Allerdale Borough Council have welcomed the news that hundreds of people in Cockermouth have voted in favour of a new order which will see planning decisions de-regulated for shops on the high street.

"I am absolutely thrilled that the people of Cockermouth have voted yes to the creation of Neighbourhood Development Orders. This means that planning permission is automatically granted to certain types of development in the town centre and will simplify the process for so many people who want to open businesses or improve their premises and homes.

“This is the first Neighbourhood Development Order in the country and I am proud to see Allerdale Borough Council working in partnership with Cockermouth Town Council and the steering group and leading the way again. Our planning officers have been working hard on this project for three years so to get the public’s support is fantastic. I look forward to seeing the first improvement schemes come to fruition on Cockermouth’s town centre streets.”

– Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council

'First of its kind' planning order in Cockermouth

A planning order, which is the first of its kind to be introduced in the country, has been passed in Cockermouth following a public vote.

Nearly 800 people voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Order in the town, which will mean certain types of planning permission will now automatically be granted.

The full breakdown of votes are as follows:

  • Yes – 772
  • No – 496
  • A total of 6577 voted - which works out as a turnout of 19.3%
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