About Beacon Villages
Beacon Villages is an exciting plan to bring 5,560 new homes and over 7,000 new jobs to the Penrith area over the next three decades. It is the cornerstone of the Penrith Strategic Masterplan which sets out the case for three new settlements which will address a shortage of affordable homes, help to ensure the vitality of Penrith town centre and provide higher paid jobs.
Look around this website and you’ll find out how Penrith can grow in the years to 2050 by building on its strengths and providing a modern and attractive environment for people to live and work with improved transport options and green, sustainable living at its heart.
The Process So Far and Next Steps:
The Penrith Strategic Masterplan: A Vision to 2050 – is a non-statutory document looking primarily at a spatial strategy for the future growth of Penrith and wider Eden. This has been the subject of an eight week engagement process which was concluded on the 2 November 2018. At the start of the engagement process on the 8 September 2018, a public notice was published in the Herald outlining:
‘A vision to 2050, a non-statutory document that sets out the Council’s proposals for how the area can grow over the next 32 years…. It is intended that the Masterplan in its current or amended form will inform a review of the Eden Local plan in due course.’
As a non-statutory discussion document it is not required to follow the same process and requirements as a statutory Local Plan. The next stage is to review the results of the engagement process, which will inform an early review of the Local Plan or part of the Local Plan which is hoped to commence in the summer of next year. The Government requires us to review the Local Plan every five years, but in reality as local plans can take several years to complete this is part of a continual process of review. This is particularly important in respect of our current employment allocations which are either under development or very much all committed, such that we are even now having to consider the next areas for development. This was part of the rationale for the production of the current Masterplan and the engagement process, which was looking to identify additional employment land which in turn would have a knock on requirement for the identification of additional housing land.
On 5 February 2019, Eden District Council’s Executive agreed a number of recommendations for the Penrith Strategic Masterplan – A Vision to 2050 regarding the forthcoming local elections in May 2019. Read more in our news section.
UPDATE: Eden District Council’s Executive took the decision on 2 July 2019 that no further activity should take place on the Penrith Masterplan concept. The feedback from the public engagement exercise will help to inform future plans concerning housing and employment growth in the District.
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