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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.
Residents in Cockermouth have voted in favour of a new planning order which allows alterations to businesses and shop fronts without planning permission.
Steve Robinson from Allerdale Borough Council told ITV Border what it means for the town:
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.
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%
Hundreds of people in Cockermouth yesterday voted in favour of new authority to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.
Certain shops will now be able to expand their businesses, turn them into cafes, change their shop fronts and change windows and doors without planning permission.