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Monday, 24 November 2014

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£20m homes scheme in west Cumbria set to get go-ahead

Controversial proposals for a £20 million housing development on the edge of Cockermouth are poised to get the green light from planners.

Darren Ward photo
Darren Ward

Members of Allerdale council’s development panel are being recommended to approve the latest plans for Lovell’s development on land beside The Fitz on Low Road when they meet on August 12.

The 8.5 hectare area proposed for the development is currently agricultural land and lies next to where the annual Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show takes place.

Lovell wants to build 217 homes, 88 of which will be affordable homes – 61 two and three bedroom houses to rent, managed by the Home Group, and 27 low-cost houses for sale. The remaining 129 will go on the open market at full price.

The application also includes a proposal to have a new piece of public art, featuring a sheep farmer and a dog, installed at the entrance to the development.

The planning application appears to have split the local community.

Cockermouth town council welcomes the application as does the Environment Agency and no objections have been raised by either environmental health and the Highways Agency. United Utilities also backs the proposal in principle, a report to the development panel states.

But concerns have been raised by Papcastle parish council and the Cockermouth Civic Trust and 11 letters of objection have been received.

Parish councillors suggest a development with fewer houses would be ‘more suitable’.

Darren Ward, from Cockermouth Civic Trust, said among his objections: “The application is essentially a re-run of the previous submission that the trust objected to earlier this year.

“Although more detail has been provided, and a more robust landscaping proposal has been submitted, the trust still considers that the design is of poor quality that will be detrimental to the community being created and will impact negatively on the character of Cockermouth and the wider area.”

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