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520 object to plans for housing estate in Carlisle village

MORE than 520 people have signed a petition opposing plans for a housing development at Dalston.

It will now be presented to Carlisle City Council as campaigners continue their fight against proposals by Carlisle-based developer Story Homes.

The firm wants to build nearly 130 homes on land close to the centre of the village, on fields between Station Road and Townhead Road.

It says the scheme would support 60 jobs while the estate is built and would be spread over four to five years.

But hundreds have signed a petition stating: “We oppose the proposed Dalston development due to its inappropriate size, density and location.

“It will put undue pressure on existing infrastructure and amenities. It will change the rural character of the village irreversibly.”

The petition also claims it will cause increased traffic and road safety problems, adding: “We call on Carlisle City Council to reject this planning application.”

Village resident and campaigner David Wilson told the News & Star: “In the time available, the petition was taken to as many residents as possible.

“Of all those at home in Dalston when called upon, over 90 per cent signed the petition.

“About five per cent had no view and less than five per cent supported the planning application.

“We therefore believe that this is a convincing mandate from Dalston villagers to their representatives on the city and parish councils to oppose the application on their behalf.”

Thirty nine people have also contacted the city council to oppose the development, according to the authority’s website.

Mr Wilson apologised to residents who had been missed and asked them to give their views to Carlisle City Council.

Steve Errington, managing director at Story Homes, has described the scheme as “high quality, low density”.

He said the firm’s developments brought benefits including jobs and boosts to the local economy.

“We appreciate that some people will have concerns and we recognise that this is part of a normal, consultative process,” he added.

Have your say

Some fourteen years ago dairy farming was starting to become unviable from a profits perspective.One day I met a young man who advised me to start buying buy-to-let properties to diversify my business,this man was Fred Storey.After considering Freds advice,I then started out as a social housing landlord.I can honestly say that Fred Storey is one of the most decent,astute business men that I have ever met.I now own several houses that were either built or renovated by Fred.I can honestly say that Freds high building standards are staggering and his staff are some of the most polite lads that you could ever wish to converse with.This proposed developement will be amazing for the long-term prosperity of Dalston.I will be buying a few from Fred myself.Well done Fred!

Posted by A. blenkinsop on 20 January 2013 at 20:07

Sorry, Brian (8th January) - you've got it wrong about density. The overall site in question is 5.4 hectares, not 6.5 as you claim. (Look at the planning application.) Of that 5.4, about 1.6 cannot be built on because it lies within the blast zone of the nearby fuel depot (even though the developer kindly puts the edge of the blast zone literally within inches of the outlying properties). That leaves about 3.8 hectares for 128 dwellings. Given also that within this cramped area the great majority of units are 5, 4 and 3 bedroom ones, the density of occupation of the site is intensified. HIGH density for a village as opposed to an urban setting! (Caps for your benefit, not Expat Marra's.)

Posted by Dave on 15 January 2013 at 17:29

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