40-flat plan for former town centre store

Date: Tuesday 29th January 2019

PLANS have been resubmitted to Eden Council to convert the upper floors of the former Co-op building in Penrith into 40 flats.

Last year a similar scheme from the same applicant, which was withdrawn, proposed 53 residential units across the Burrowgate building’s first and second floors, but in the new proposal the number has been reduced.

The application, which has been received by Eden Council’s planning department, also requests the creation of four retail units on the ground floor together with associated car parking. It was submitted by M. Guterman, of Stanthorne Penrith Ltd.

If permission is granted, a covered link bridge will be demolished. The demolition work would help rationalise the internal layout of the building as well as improve its appearance within the Penrith conservation area.

According to the application, the shop was last occupied by the Lakes and Dales Co-operative retail store but it closed in February, 2016.

The applicant has proposed 12 one-bedroomed flats and 28 two-bedroomed units. A total of 10 car parking spaces as well as 40 new cycle spaces would be created.

Planning officers met with the applicant at the end of October to discuss the revised application. The plans are subject to a period of public consultation which is due to end on 16th February.

In May, 2016, Eden Council asked residents to give their views on a proposed relocation from Penrith Town Hall and Mansion House into the vacant store but the move did not go ahead.