Initial plans for a Premier Inn in Penrith look set to be approved by Eden District Council.
The proposal is for a 60 bed hotel and restaurant in the town's New Squares shopping development. It will cost around £4 million to build and take almost a year.
Premier Inn pointed out that they have logged 120 searches for Penrith Premier Inn on their website every day and nearby Premier Inns have around 70% – 85% occupancy.
Local hoteliers are concerned it may only attract over night business stays and won't bring any money into the town.
They are also concerned the building of a restaurant could affect existing establishments in town.
A 57-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A66, west of Penrith.
She was treated at the scene for head injuries at the scene. It's believed her injuries are not life threatening.
It happened today (28th November) around 11.30am.
Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley, says farming is facing 'a very exciting time.
He was speaking to 150 young farmers at a conference near Penrith. The Minister was there to find out the problems facing young people wanting to get into farming. He said it's vital to recruit more people who can adapt to the changing nature of the industry
A hundred and fifty young farmers from across the country have been gathering near Penrith to look at ways of making it easier to break into the industry.
The 'Fertile Minds' event, organised by Farmers Weekly and Tesco, was open to people aged 18 to 25. They discussed the difficulties and costs of entering farming but said it was a very rewarding career to pursue.
The spirit of the Indian Railway has been brought to life in a series of photographs on show at Rheghed, near Penrith.
The pictures are the work of a photojournalist who died suddenly whilst living in Burma last year. And they've been published in a book which will help raise money for a Burmese charity. Jenny Longen reports
Almost 12,000 people descended on Penrith to celebrate the town's Winter Droving last weekend.
The event celebrates all things rural and the annual parade through the town features fire, lanterns, masquerade and music.
The festival is a celebration of the Cumbrian town and its age old role as the market town.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
Those behind Penrith's Winter Droving Festival say the magical spectacle celebrates the Cumbrian town's community.
The festival has been held annually since 2012.
Adrian Lochhead, the Director of Eden Arts, explains this year's theme.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Penrith this weekend to enjoy a colourful spectacle of lights, music and revelry.
The Winter Droving Festival which is now in its 3rd year, has quickly become a popular fixture on the local calendar and last night it drew 10 thousand people to the town.
The event is also a chance for traders to showcase Cumbrian produce and what the Eden valley has to offer.
A man from Cumbria has won the title 'Landscape Photographer of the Year'.
Mark Littlejohn, from Penrith, beat thousands of others to win £10,000 with the image 'a Beginning and an End'. The photo captures a small stream among the Glencoe mountains in Scotland.
Click here to see the winning photograph.
Mark joined Pam and Ian in the studio to talk about his photography.
A photographer from Cumbria has won the prestigious 'Landscape Photographer of the Year' award.
Mark Littlejohn, from Penrith, beat thousands of photographs of UK landscapes to win the top £10,000 prize in the competition by 'Take a View'.
The winning image, titled 'a Beginning and an End' captured a small stream among the Glencoe mountains in Scotland.
Colin Bell from Cheshire came runner up in the Classic View category with a photograph from Cumbria titled 'A Sense of Belonging, Crummock, Trees'.
Images from the competition will be featured in the book, Landscape Photographer of the Year - Collection 8, by AA Publishing. View more of the pictures from the competition by clicking here.
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