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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbrian town makes history with referendum

History has been made in Cockermouth after people backed proposals for relaxed planning laws to be introduced in the town.

Of 1,272 people who voted in yesterday’s referendum, 772 were in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDO). This means that residents and business owners will be able to automatically make changes to buildings without applying for permission to Allerdale Council.

Businesses on Market Place will be able to put tables and chairs on pavements; homes can be created in flats above commercial properties and traders are automatically allowed to change shop fronts.

New windows and doors can also be installed on buildings inside the conservation area.

The referendum was the first in the country, after the town was chosen for a Government trial.

There was a 19.3 per cent turnout; 772 voted yes and 496 no. There were four spoiled papers.

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