Allerdale Borough Council have welcomed the news that hundreds of people in Cockermouth have voted in favour of a new order which will see planning decisions de-regulated for shops on the high street.
"I am absolutely thrilled that the people of Cockermouth have voted yes to the creation of Neighbourhood Development Orders. This means that planning permission is automatically granted to certain types of development in the town centre and will simplify the process for so many people who want to open businesses or improve their premises and homes.
“This is the first Neighbourhood Development Order in the country and I am proud to see Allerdale Borough Council working in partnership with Cockermouth Town Council and the steering group and leading the way again. Our planning officers have been working hard on this project for three years so to get the public’s support is fantastic. I look forward to seeing the first improvement schemes come to fruition on Cockermouth’s town centre streets.”
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