Cockermouth to vote on future of planning permission

Cockermouth residents could become the first in the UK to directly influence development in their town.

A vote is being held tomorrow which could see residents able to make certain developments without having to seek official planning consent from Allerdale Borough Council.

If the referendum sees a 'yes' victory the following changes could be made:

  • Market Place could be given a 'cafĂ© society' feel as people will be able to change the use of business premises to cafes, restaurants and bars, and establish pavement dining areas.
  • Housing will be created as flats will be allowed to be created above commercial premises.
  • Business owners will also be able to change their shop fronts.
  • New windows and doors can be installed on buildings inside the conservation area.

Allerdale Borough Council is urging all eligible voter to attend tomorrow's meeting.