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Cockermouth votes 'yes' for planning permission overhaul

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.

The 'yes' vote will overhaul planning permission applications in the town Credit: ITV Border

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.

Full Report: Planning Minister visits Carlisle

The future of house building in Carlisle has been under discussion with a visit to the city by government planning minister, Nick Boles.

The minister met with architects, surveyors and local planning representatives before taking a look at Carlisle's Crindledyke development where the first of 850 houses have been built and sold.

Watch the full report from Kim Inglis below.

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Councillors reject plans

Plans for a new ambulance depot at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose have been rejected by councillors.

The Scottish Ambulance Service wanted to close down their current Galashiels depot and build a new one at the hospital to serve the central Borders.

They said the location next to the hospital would have allowed them easier and faster access to emergency locations.

However, members from the planning and development committee at the Scottish Borders Council meeting voted 8-3 against the application due to landscape concerns.

Five year search for new Ambulance station continues

The full application to be debated at Monday's meeting is for both an ambulance station and a workshop to the north of the hospital building with dedicated access to both. Principal Planning Officer Carlos Clarke said:

The benefits of the proposed development do not outweigh the significant adverse landscape

impacts that would result and it it has not been demonstrated that alternatives to the proposed site are not available or that the landscape impacts can be satisfactorily mitigated."

– Carlos Clarke, Scottish Borders Council

Ambulance station plans: refusal likely

Planners are expected to recommend the refusal of an application to build a new ambulance station at the Borders General Hospital.

The Scottish Ambulance Service want to close down their Galashiels depot and build a new depot at the hospital to serve the central Borders

The new build will be discussed at a meeting of Scottish Borders Councils planning and development committee.

Planning officials are recommending refusal of the application after submissions from the council's landscape and roads departments.

The Scottish Ambulance Service say a depot at the hospital would allow them to reach more emergency locations within the eight minute standard than they can achieve now from Galashiels.

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