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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Another new housing estate planned for Cumbrian town

A housing boom is continuing in Cockermouth as more plans are revealed for a new estate.

Permission has already been granted this year for a 221-home development on land between The Fitz and the A66 and a couple of months ago Story Homes lodged plans to build 324 houses at Strawberry How.

Washington Homes Ltd, of Flimby, has now submitted a planning application to build 15 detached homes between Brigham Road, Harrot Hill and the A66.

Last year farmer Leigh Stamper was given outline planning permission for 12 houses on the land, but work never began on the scheme. As the new proposals are for an extra three, the company said it decided to submit a fresh application.

There would be eight four-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses for open-market sale and three three-bedroom ‘affordable’ homes.

First-time buyers in the town who are desperate to get on the property ladder are bombarding developers with requests for the new-builds planned for Strawberry How.

In just one week, more than 100 people have shown an interest in the houses after Story Homes sent out thousands of leaflets to locals promoting the scheme.

And even though planning consent has not yet been granted, a huge number of people have said they would like to buy a house.

Adam McNally, Story Homes development planner, said: “Interest and support from the local community has been gathering pace.

“The leaflets are another way to highlight the many significant benefits of our scheme and capture positivity towards the development.”

He said interest had come from young families, first-time buyers and people who hoped to remain living in the town but who could not afford mortgages on existing properties.

However, more than 600 people have objected to the scheme, claiming that it will create extra traffic and put pressure on local services.

Cockermouth Town Council, the town’s civic trust and the Friends of the Lake District are also urging Allerdale council to refuse the application.

Story Homes wants to build a mixture of two to five-bedroom homes and has suggested a package of measures to promote accessibility, including bus, pedestrian and cycle route improvements.

Allerdale council’s development panel will meet soon to decide on the scheme.

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