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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Approval granted for new 75-house estate in Harrington

Workington is in for a housing boom after plans for a new estate cleared the final hurdle.

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Tony Cunningham

Story Homes first showed an interest in building the 75-house estate at High Harrington last summer but it has taken until this month for the planning application to be officially approved.

Building work is now imminent for the development which faced strong opposition, including a 98-name petition and 16 letters of objection when the plans were announced.

Story Homes has now revealed more detailed plans, which will see 20 per cent of the homes classified as affordable.

Harrington councillor, Hilary Harrington, said that she and many other residents had issues with the scheme when it was first put forward due to traffic concerns.

But she said the developers seemed to have taken their concerns on board and will be introducing traffic-calming measures.

“It will be good for the area as quite a number of homes will be affordable,” she said. “Traffic was my problem, but the highways have sorted that out. Harrington will become vibrant when the houses are built and it will mean local people can stay local.

“There are quite a few houses being built in Harrington and it is a great place to live – I hope the roads can take it.”

The village is already earmarked for a major development as Flimby-firm Thomas Armstrong aims to build a further 80 homes near Northfield Avenue.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham said that he was in support of the new homes, as long as appropriate schemes were in place for sewers, traffic management and others matters that needed to be addressed.

“It is good for the area in the sense that we need affordable housing,” said Sir Tony. “We just need to make sure that we have the infrastructure in place and if they are, what we need is affordable housing in the area.”

Mr Cunningham added it would be good for local schools.

“One of the problems with secondary schools is falling rolls so Harrington will benefit as new housing means new children,” he said.

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