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'First of its kind' planning order in Cockermouth

Hundreds of people in Cockermouth have voted in favour of new authority to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

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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.

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