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100 homes plan to regenerate Cumbrian port and marina

Nearly 100 harbourside homes will become the first phase of ambitious plans to breathe new life into Workington’s port and marina.

The 94-home development of Curwen Road will be considered by Allerdale Council next week. The proposals include houses with balconies and terraces commanding views out over the now bustling harbour.

The port is now halfway through a 10-year, £11million development plan funded by Cumbria County Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and Allerdalecouncil.

Colin Sharpe, Port of Workington business development manager, welcomed the proposals.

He said: “Any form of quality development that complements existing work being done, particularly in the town centre, is to be welcomed.

“There was always a will to create a better link down the spine of the town to the mouth of the river.

“This could be a very workable option around the leisure and tourism market and would work with the core commercial activities of the port.

“It was always seen that the port could co-exist with housing, leisure and tourism south of the river.

“Anything that enhances land that has may be fallen into disuse or upgrades the area is to be welcomed.

“It’s all about attracting future inward investment. It’s not just about new business but it’s about what we offer overall.”

The proposal by Paul Bett of Port Developments LLP would be for predominantly two and three bedroom terraced and semi-detached housing built on the grassed land between Curwen Road and Solway Street.

There would be a smaller number of four and five bed semi-detached houses and would include a play area and 188 parking spaces.

In the five years since the launch of the port’s redevelopment, it has seen its annual turnover nearly double from £1m.

Expansion to serve the nuclear industry would is also expected to make a significant contribution to turnover and profit.

The housing proposal to be considered by Allerdale’s development panel are being recommended for approval.

A separate £2.9m project has also started to double its container handling facilities, funded by Britain’s Energy Coast, Nuclear Management Partners and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

But the port is running out of land to develop within its boundaries. It only has access by one road over a railway bridge.

It was announced last month that the Port of Workington could also be in line for a multimillion-pound expansion and a bridge link across the River Derwent.

Discussions are also under way about an expansion on to 60 acres of Allerdale council land north of the port, to the site used by a temporary Tesco store after the 2009 floods.

Improvements to the port’s transport links are being considered as part of the West Cumbria Economic Blueprint. Better transport links are likely to become increasingly important to ensure the port can support major projects such as West Cumbria’s planned new nuclear power station.

Have your say

where is the lovely are that is down on the harbour maybe its ok for a walk round but would you want to live down there?

Posted by albert on 8 August 2012 at 13:04

Breathe new life into which marina??

C'mon, People need to take a 15 minute walk from Workington Town Centre to the Harbour - it's not exactly convenient like Maryport or Whitehaven.

100 new homes wouldn't go amiss though, but get these pie in the sky ideas out of your heads and come down to reality and admit it - harbour tourist development won't work.

Posted by Derek on 7 August 2012 at 12:11

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