Ofcom has awarded two community radio licences for the North of England with Eden FM covering Penrith and Dales Radio for the Yorkshire Dales.

Lasting 5 years, the licences are intended to provide social benefits to the local community and for the stations to be run on a not-for-profit basis.

Eden FM will be based in Penrith and plans to start transmission in the first half of next year.

Writing on its official Facebook page, Eden FM’s Lee Quinn stated:

“It’s the first Friday in 3 years, that I won’t get my daily question, ‘when will Eden FM get their full time FM licence?’. The new question is ‘when will you be live on FM?’ Subject to transmission testing, a lot of fundraising and that final last leg of hard work by the team, we should be up and running on FM in the first half of 2014. I do have a date in mind and once our FM frequency is confirmed this date will be released.”

Dales Radio, meanwhile stated that it planned to start broadcasting almost immediately on the AM bandwidth.

It will serve the towns of Hawes, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Ingleton, Settle, Grassington, Leyburn and the villages of Reeth and Muker, with a population of around 28,000.

The area was previously served by the Dales service, which was transferred to UKRD last year.