A decision will be made next week on whether to give the green light to the renovation of a Penrith building, proposed as a new base for Eden District Council.
Plans have been drawn up for the retrofit of Voreda House on Portland Place, with the intention of converting it into the UK’s first net-zero-carbon retrofit office.
Eden District Council has drawn up the plans, and the council’s planning committee will decide next Thursday whether the proposals for its conversion are acceptable.
The council has raised £856,000 from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to support the financing of the refurbishment.
The local authority intends for the building to provide an opportunity to “co-locate” with partners, and believes that with the potential for local government reorganisation on the horizon, the creation of a fit-for-purpose building stands to better protect the locally-focused provision of services to residents of Eden and preserve local jobs.
Penrith Town Council originally objected to the refurbishment plans, however it offered no objection following a revision of the proposals.
Two letters of objection have been received by Eden District Council, raising concerns relating to vehicle parking.