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560 new homes and school planned for edge of Cumbrian town

Hundreds of new homes and a primary school are poised to be built on the edge of a north Cumbrian town.

A doctor’s surgery and shop could also be part of the biggest development of its kind in recent years in Penrith.

Detailed plans have been unveiled to build 560 homes at Carleton Fields – a development that those behind it say will bring construction jobs and much-needed homes. It is also set to trigger a near £5 million windfall in Government cash for Eden council.

The land has been earmarked for a major housing project for years, with a planning application in place since 2008.

Lancashire-based housebuilder Persimmon Homes last month secured outline permission for what it hopes will be the first of five phases on the 60-acre site over a potential eight-year period.

It will consist of up to 55 homes over 4.4 acres. The first batch, to be known as Carleton Meadows, will include 16 so-called affordable homes.

Now the developer is starting work on its wider plan, with proposals – being developed in tandem with Eden council – going on show to the public on Wednesday.

Mark Cook, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “There is undoubtedly a need for housing in Penrith. This particular site was identified some years ago as an area for growth.

“Over the last few weeks the application has been reinvigorated and has gathered some serious momentum."

Properties will range in size from apartments to family homes with one to five bedrooms. It will see the developer pay £324,720 towards creating a new 210-pupil primary school.

Eden council could also collect £4.7m in New Homes Bonus payments and about £800,000-a-year in council tax.

Both the developer and council say they will answer questions people have about the scheme at next week’s exhibition.

Mr Cook added: “Penrith has been identified as an appropriate location for future development and we want to be certain that any application we propose has been thoroughly considered by the community.”

Malcolm Smith, the councillor responsible for planning and the economy, said it was important the public attend the exhibition, where they would be able to ask questions and air their views.

Wednesday’s exhibition takes place at Penrith Town Hall between 11am and 4pm.

Have your say

@bryan ruddick

"more houses means more people means more jobs"

Very funny. One out of ten for getting it the wrong way round. Try harder next time.

Posted by Dave on 22 November 2012 at 22:27

Bryan, what extra jobs do you realistically imagine will be created with this scheme. A few temporary jobs for a handful of builders labourers? The area needs permanent jobs not short term solutions. And yes, we have green fields at the moment, and we will have until people keep turning a blind eye to overdevelopment.

I'm pleased that there are some greenies out there that care, because if it were left to some developers would build everywhere for a few extra quid in the bank, and councils like ours are too weak to control developments effectively.

Posted by Me on 22 November 2012 at 21:21

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