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A public referendum could take place this summer to decide a long running planning row in north Cumbria.

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A public referendum could decide a planning row over Green Hallows Country Park Credit: ITV Border

A public referendum could take place this summer to decide a long running planning row in north Cumbria.

Around 15 people bought homes in the Green Hollows Country Park near Southwaite but later found out that they weren't allowed to live there permanently.

They've now been told they can stay but will only be able to sell them in future as holiday homes, reducing their value by more than half.

New localism laws give people the power to vote in a referendum on this issue and one could go ahead this summer.

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