New business park to build on town vision?

Date: Monday 13th November 2017

PENRITH Farmers’ and Kidd’s Plc (PFK) has submitted a planning application to Eden Council to develop 20 acres of agricultural grazing land off Stoneybeck roundabout as a business park.

The proposed commercial development would sit on a triangular area of land between the A6 and B5305 and be accessed from a turning opposite the existing layby on the eastern carriageway of the B5305, between Junction 41 and the Stoneybeck roundabout.

As it is an outline application, no details except access to the site have been put forward.

The company, which has been in discussion with planners at Eden Council about the development, says its proposal builds on ideas put forward in the Penrith Vision document for the growth of the town and the Cumbria Economic Assessment which identified the growth potential of businesses established in the M6 corridor.

PFK director Rachel Lightfoot said: “The application will provide the first phase of development within the area identified for economic development by the Vision document.

“The application is made following pre-application discussions with Eden District Council and shapes the potential layout of the site to bring the best overall benefits to Penrith and the wider Eden area.

“The site offers the opportunity to provide for a better range of unit types to relieve the pressure on the Gilwilly industrial estate and allow for both inward investment and the potential for the growth of indigenous businesses which may be constrained by their existing premises.

“It also offers excellent transport connections to the M6 without placing additional burden on to Junction 40 of the M6 or Penrith town centre.”

The application is out to public consultation until 2nd December and any comments should be submitted to Eden Council.

Full details are available on its website at