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Locals to determine planning applications in their area

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.

Public consultation for new homes in Eden District

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.

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Public meeting on the future of town council

More than 10 per cent of voters in Penrith petitioned for a town council Credit: ITV Border

People in Penrith will have their say on whether they're in favour of having a town council.

Eden District Council is holding a meeting tonight, Monday 16 June, in the town where councillors will speak to residents.

They'll discuss the services a town council could deliver and listen to views on the issue. The people of Penrith rejected the idea in 2001 and again 2008.

Council considers New Squares proposal

Members of the public are being asked for their views on controversial plans to build a new hotel and petrol station in the centre of Penrith.

It would be part of the New Squares shopping development.

The land had been set aside for extra shops and homes. But the developer Sainsbury's believes there is no longer enough demand and wants to alter those plans. At a council meeting last night concerns were raised by other businesses in the town.

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Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a 10 year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.

Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a ten year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.

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