Residents in Cockermouth have become the first in the country to make their own decisions over planning developments.
They voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Order, which will allow them to change their shop fronts and business uses without having to apply to the council for permission.
People are hoping it will help Cockermouth's ongoing recovery, following the damage caused by the 2009 floods. Lori Carnochan reports.
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