Easy Guide to the Cockermouth Neighbourhood Development Order

On 17th July 2014 a referendum will be held in Cockermouth to decide whether the Cockermouth Neighbourhood Development Order should be adopted by Allerdale Borough Council 

What is a Neighbourhood Development Order?

A Neighbourhood Development Order can grant planning permission for specified developments in a neighbourhood area. Once established, there would be no need for anyone to apply to the council for planning permission if it is for the type of development covered by the order.

Why a Neighbourhood Development Order for Cockermouth?

Following the flood of November 2009 there were incidences where the restoration work was delayed because of the need to apply for planning permission. This led to a wider debate as to what types of development should be allowed to proceed without the need for planning permission. Cockermouth Town Council has taken the decision to use its neighbourhood planning powers to develop a Neighbourhood Development Order that would grant automatic planning permission for certain types of development and changes of use. The Town Council considers that the types of development that would be permitted by the Neighbourhood Development Order would bring wider environmental, social and economic benefits to the town.

What types of development would the Cockermouth Neighbourhood Development Order permit?

Part 1: Market Place

The first part of the NDO is aimed at developing a new role for Market Place as an area for leisure and entertainment. It would permit:

(a) The change of use of ground floor commercial properties within Market Place to restaurants, cafes and bars

(b) the change of use of designated land within the public highway on Market Place for the seated consumption of food and/or beverages.

Only the change of use of the property is permitted. Part 1 does not permit any external alterations. Consent for any internal or external works would also need to be obtained if the property is a Listed Building. The Town Council is sensitive to the fact that leisure and night-time economy businesses could disturb nearby residents. To address this potential problem, there are a number of conditions included within the terms of Part 1 aimed at safeguarding local amenity.

Part 2: Creation of flats above commercial premises

This part of the NDO is aimed at creating much needed new housing in the town centre. It would permit the change of use of upper floors above shops and offices along Main Street and Station Street to create a maximum of four residential flats. Part 2 only permits the change of use of the property. It does not permit any external alterations, such as the installation of external staircases, for example. Consent for any internal or external works would also need to be obtained if the property is a Listed Building.

Part 3: Replacement shopfronts

Part 3 of the NDO is aimed at visually enhancing the primary shopping areas of the town. It would permit the replacement of shopfronts along Main Street and Station Street within the existing openings of commercial properties. Shopfronts permitted under Part 3 of the NDO would need to replicate the designs and detailing illustrated in the associated design guide that states that they must be traditional in style and made of timber. Part 3 of the NDO does not permit any other external alterations , such as modifications to the façade of the building, or existing openings. Consent for replacement shopfronts would also still need to be obtained if the property is a Listed Building.

Part 4: Modification of Article 4

This final part of the NDO is aimed at visually enhancing the conservation area of the town. It would permit the installation of replacement windows and front doors on houses located on Crown Street, Derwent Street, Fletcher Street, Horsman Street and New Street. New windows and doors permitted under Part 4 of the NDO would need to replicate the designs and detailing illustrated in the associated design guide, which states that they must be traditional in style and made of timber. Part 4 does not permit any other external alterations to properties such as the modification of existing window or door openings, rendering and re-roofing, for example.

Who can vote in the referendum for the Cockermouth Neighbourhood Development Order?

You are entitled to vote in the referendum if you:

a) are entitled to vote in a local government election and;

b) live within the civil parish of Cockermouth and are on the electoral register

How do I cast my vote?

If you are entitled to vote in a local government election and live within the civil parish of Cockermouth then you will receive a poll card from Allerdale Borough Council. This will notify you of the location of the polling station and the hours which the station will be open. If you are registered to vote by post then you will receive a postal ballot pack including a pre-paid envelope from Allerdale Borough Council. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your postal ballot paper is received on time to be included in the count.

Who can I contact if I have any questions about the Cockermouth Neighbourhood Development Order or the referendum?

If you have any questions about the Neighbourhood Development Order you can contact:

Allerdale Borough Council by emailing planningpolicy@allerdale.gov.uk or calling 01900 702610 and Cockermouth Town Council by emailing cockermouthtowncouncil@btconnect.com or calling 01900 821869

 

If you have any questions about the referendum then you can contact:

Allerdale Borough Council by emailing democratic.services@allerdale.gov.uk or calling 01900 702550

 


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