Masterplan labelled "disaster plan" by protesters

Date: Monday 10th September 2018

OBJECTORS to Eden Council's controversial Penrith masterplan protested outside a pop-up shop in the town centre today.

Campaigners from the Friends of the Beacon group and Keep Penrith Special chanted "no, no, no" and hoisted placards which read: "Disaster Plan".

As part of an eight-week public consultation, Eden Council has opened a vacant shopping unit in Middlegate for residents to find out more about plans to create three "Beacon Villages" totalling 5,560 houses at the back of the Penrith landmark, a 73-hectare business park close to Junction 41 of the M6, and luxury properties in the forest itself.

The council says more affordable housing, jobs and business space is needed because the area is stagnating. But opponents say the plans risk ruining a local landmark and creating "sink estates" in the Eden Valley. They are unconvinced that the area has the jobs or infrastructure to cope with a doubling of its population. Full story in Saturday's Herald