Eden Council’s leadership have approved proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, set to be submitted to the Government,

The proposals were agreed by the council's executive at a meeting on Tuesday, and was described by leader Virginia Taylor as a "historic moment" for Eden Council.

The council, along with the other six local authorities in Cumbria, were last month formally invited by the Government to submit proposals on what they believe local authorities in Cumbria should look like.

Eden’s proposal outlines the council’s vision for local government in the county, which includes splitting the county into north and south Cumbrian authorities: Carlisle, Eden and Allerdale in the north, and Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow in the south.

The proposal and business case will also be considered at an extraordinary meeting of the full Council on Tuesday.

The final proposal and businesses case will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, by December 9.

Council leader Virginia Taylor said: "We are required to decide which of a range of possibilities might bring the best for residents and businesses now and for future generations.

“In advance of the promised White Paper on devolution and recovery, there are no promises on the table for what Eden might gain from this reorganisation, but I can assure everyone that members and officers alike at the council will do all we can to ensure that change brings improvements.”