A million pound fund has been pledged for new affordable housing in the Eden district of Cumbria.
The local council has approved the move in order to create homes for local people in an area where average house prices are 11 times higher than average incomes. It is hoped housing associations will be able to bid for money from the scheme later this year.
Lazonby Parish Council is the ninth area in the Eden district to apply for control over neighbourhood planning.
This would allow local people to have a say in how their village will be developed in the future.
In Cumbria there has been strong interest from local communities wanting to take over planning power of their parish. Similar applications from Alston, Skelton, Morland and Langwathby have been approved in the last month.
What does this mean?
- The 2011 Localism Act allows a parish to become a designated Neighbourhood Area. It then has the power to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan that sets out what type of development is acceptable in the future and must be considered by the District Council, Planning Inspectors and the Secretary of State when making decisions on planning applications.
- The parish could also produce Neighbourhood Development Orders which permit development, on individual sites, without the need for a planning application to the district council.
Residents in Penrith have voted in favour of establishing a town council for the area.
The result of a postal ballot showed that 65 per cent of people voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against.
The local electorate had been asked for views that formed part of a Community Governance Review being conducted by Eden District Council.
As the country’s Premier League teams battle over which multi-million pound players to sign for the new season, the future of one of the region’s small town clubs hangs in the balance over unpaid rent.
A row has broken out between Penrith FC and Eden District Council over the stadium lease. The council says Penrith hasn’t paid any rent for nearly five years. The club say the council hasn’t carried out urgent repairs since it moved it.
Paul Crone reports:
Penrith FC club secretary Ian White says the problem is that the stadium is in a bad condition. The club say they have no intention of paying any rent until the ground is repaired.
Cllr Gordon Nicholson, leader of Eden District Council, says Penrith FC haven't stuck to the lease agreement.
Even before the start of the football season, a row has erupted between Penrith FC and Eden District Council.
The dispute is over the stadium lease, with the council claiming the club hasn't paid a penny in rent since they moved into the ground almost five years ago.
The football club says until the council carries out essential and long-standing repairs to they ground, they have no intention of paying.
Alston Moor, Langwathby and Morland have all been approved as 'Neighbourhood Areas'.
The designation by Eden District Council means people in the communities can carry out their own neighbourhood planning.
Neighbourhood Development Orders legally allow local people to determine what planning applications are approved in their area.
Alston Parish Council submitted an application on 14 April 2014 for the whole area of the parish to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area.
Langwathby and Morland submitted the same application on 27 May and 16 May respectively.
Residents in Eden District are being asked to help shape the development of their area.
As part of the Eden Local Plan for 2014-2032, residents are being asked to attend public meetings and give their views on the proposal to build 3,600 new homes and create 1,500 new jobs.
Over the next 18 years, the Plan will allocate sites where new homes can be built and earmarks land for job creation.
A series of public, drop-in events are being held over the next 10 weeks, where residents can view the plans, consultation documents and speak to our planning officers.
For more information on the proposals or to find out where your local drop-in event will take place you can can visit the Eden District Council website.
Eden District Council is proposing plans for more than 3,500 new homes to be built over the next 18 years in the area.
The local plan aims to create more affordable homes for young people looking to get on the property ladder.