Eden District Council members last week approved the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032, which will be used to determine planning applications in the district over the next 14 years.
The plan allocates land to build up to 242 new houses per year in the district up until 2032, with an overall housing target of 4,356 homes.
Penrith, identified as the area’s main town in the document, will take 50 per cent of new housing growth (2,178 houses).
Meanwhile, Appleby will take nine per cent (392 houses), Kirkby Stephen seven per cent (305 houses) and Alston three per cent (131 houses).
The document also identifies 13 villages as "key hubs" where 871 new homes are planned to be built over the local plan period. These are: Armathwaite, Brough and Church Brough, Culgaith, Greystoke, High and Low Hesket, Kirkby Thore, Langwathby, Lazonby, Nenthead, Plumpton, Shap, Stainton and Tebay.
A further 102 smaller villages and hamlets are earmarked as suitable for modest-scale development, which would in total provide 479 homes over the plan period.
The plan also identifies 27.3 hectares of new employment land.