Eden Council has formally started the process to appoint a masterplanner for its long-term strategy to build around 8,000 new homes, infrastructure and schools in and around Penrith.
The council has issued tender documents for a consultant team to deliver a strategic plan for the project, which will outline its long-term ambition for Penrith.
This includes partnering with developers and housing associations to build between 5,000 and 8,000 homes; building a road from the A66 to Junction 41 of the M6; construction of new bridges across the borough; and investment in healthcare facilities.
The council also plans to create a major strategic employment site and aims to build a series of schools and education facilities.
Other ambitions include the construction of a leisure and recreation park along the A686 to the east of the town. The proposed employment site is likely to be located just off Junction 41 of the M6.
Eden Council said the masterplan would be “too late to influence the Eden Local Plan”, which covers 2014 to 2032 which will “hopefully” be adopted by March 2018, and said the strategic plan would “help to shape and influence how the Council will deliver future economic growth and housing the local area”.
The council added it was looking to appoint a consultant team that could create a number of different options for the masterplan, and one that had “a genuine ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders” to drive forward the plans, which are likely to require a “substantial investment” in new infrastructure.
Eden Council expects to name its consultant team by February next year. In October, it signed off £45,000 of funding to help drive the masterplan forward.