'First of its kind' planning order in Cockermouth

Hundreds of people in Cockermouth have voted in favour of new authority to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

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.

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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%

Cockermouth votes 'yes' for planning permission overhaul

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.

Cockermouth high street
The 'yes' vote will overhaul planning permission applications in the town Credit: ITV Border

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.