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.
"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.”
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.
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 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.
Cockermouth's Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England cricket squad for the first Test against India next week.
The all rounder, who plays his county cricket for Durham is returning to the side after recovering from a wrist injury sustained in the West Indies.
The 23-year-old was one of the few England players to impress during the last ashes tour in Australia last summer.
Police are appealing for the public's help to find missing 16-year-old Jordan Black.
Jordan, from Whitehaven, was last seen in Cockermouth at 11am on Friday 20 June.
He contacted people that night to say he was fine but would not be returning home. He has not been heard from since.
Jordan is 5ft 9” tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweatshirt, grey converse jogging bottoms and black adidas trainers.
Anyone who knows where Jordan is should contact Cumbria Police on the 101 number.
Well known Mabel Proctor from Cockermouth has celebrated her 100th birthday.Read the full story ›
Well known Mabel Proctor, from Cockermouth, has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Mabel's home was destroyed in the 2009 Cumbrian floods. At 95 years old she was the oldest evacuee at the Sheep and Wool centre in Cockermouth.
The celebration took place at Bridge End, the area where Mabel used to live, which was rebuilt after the floods.
Along with friends and family that came over from Australia, presenter Pam Royle was invited to join in the celebrations.
Family and friends had also arranged for Mabel to arrive in a chauffeur driven 1970 Morris 1,000 Traveller to make her day even more special.