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Cockermouth's new hospital praised by director

Cockermouth's new, £11 million Community Hospital was officially opened this afternoon, Friday 15 August.

Although it's been open since January, a ceremony was performed by Medical Director for NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh. The professor is also the author of the report that put North Cumbria's Hospitals in special measures.

Ryan Dollard was in Cockermouth to find out what the hospital will mean for patient care and whether services in the wider region are improving.


Man taken to hospital after rooftop fall

A man in his 60s has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a roof.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to a house in Eaglesfield near Cockermouth just after 10am this morning, Monday 11 August.

The man had head and back injuries and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. His condition is decsribed is serious but stable.

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%

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.

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.

Cockermouth to vote on planning permission overhaul

People living in Cockermouth will go to the polls today to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

If a majority vote 'yes', then certain shops will be able to expand their businesses, turn them into cafes, change their shop fronts and change windows and doors without planning permission.

It's the first initiative of it's kind in the UK.

Cockermouth to vote on future of planning permission

Cockermouth residents could become the first in the UK to directly influence development in their town.

A vote is being held tomorrow which could see residents able to make certain developments without having to seek official planning consent from Allerdale Borough Council.

If the referendum sees a 'yes' victory the following changes could be made:

  • Market Place could be given a 'café society' feel as people will be able to change the use of business premises to cafes, restaurants and bars, and establish pavement dining areas.
  • Housing will be created as flats will be allowed to be created above commercial premises.
  • Business owners will also be able to change their shop fronts.
  • New windows and doors can be installed on buildings inside the conservation area.

Allerdale Borough Council is urging all eligible voter to attend tomorrow's meeting.

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