HUNDREDS voted for a new neighbourhood development plan for Allithwaite and Cartmel in a referendum. 

The result was 259 in favour and 55 against, with a 20.63 per cent turnout. This new plan will help decide planning applications in the area. 

The plan will become formally adopted and have equivalent weight in decision-making to the Local Plan for Allithwaite and Cartmel. 

Allithwaite and Cartmel Parish Council drafted the plan following consultation with residents and businesses. The policies proposed in the plan include:

  • Ensuring high-quality design in new development;
  • Conserving and enhancing the landscape character of the parish, including protection of significant views, and the Cartmel Conservation Area;
  • Protecting local green space through the designation of eight local green spaces;
  • Protecting and enhancing green infrastructure and biodiversity;
  • Protecting dark skies to minimise light pollution; and
  • Restricting new dwellings within and immediately adjoining Cartmel village for principal residence occupation only.

Complying with Section 38A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, Westmorland and Furness Council must now 'make' the plan as over half of those voting were in favour. The decision will be made at a cabinet meeting on April 30. 

Cartmel is known for its picturesque centre and its annual horse race.