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.
“The people of Penrith have made an historic decision in voting for a town council. I am pleased that the result shows a significant majority for the decision. This will mean that all of Eden District will have a town or parish council to represent the views of residents. I welcome the result. We will ask the council at its next meeting on 18 September to endorse the result and agree to set up a shadow town council to engage with residents and make preparations for elections in May 2015.
“We have a long tradition of working with town and parish councils in Eden and I we will extend this to the new town council for Penrith.”
– Cllr Gordon Nicolson, Eden District Council Leader
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.