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Backing for plans for 75-home Cumbrian housing estate

Seventy-five new homes could be built in Workington – if the developer agrees to fund a school extension.

The county council's development control committee has backed a plan by Story Homes to build on land off Main Road, High Harrington.

It was estimated, however, that the estate could mean seven extra pupils for Beckstone Primary School.

Members of the county's committee agreed that Story Homes should be asked to pay either £84,357 to extend the school or £39,900 for 10 years to transport the extra pupils to other schools.

The panel also recommended that traffic-calming measures, to be provided by the company, should be installed on Main Road.

The estate, near Kiln Green, would be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes and would include an allocation of “affordable housing” and children’s play area. Story Homes said they were aware of the report but discussions were still ongoing and it was too early for them to make any comment.

Allerdale council will make the final decision on Story Homes’s plan.

The news comes days after plans for 170 new homes were given the go-ahead to be built in Stainburn.

Harrington councillor Hilary Harrington has welcomed news of the extra homes, saying that the area was in need of more affordable housing.

“We need a bigger balance of affordable homes as it will be good for the community,” she said. “It gets people on the housing ladder, especially young people.”

Workington MP Tony Cunningham is behind both plans. “There is a shortage of homes and we need to be building more but they need to be in the right places,” he said. “What we need is affordable housing – there is no point building if people can’t afford them.”

The developers claim that the houses will help meet a chronic “undersupply of housing” in Allerdale.

Earlier this year Story Homes’ plan for 150 homes between Moor Road and the A66 was turned down because it was outside development boundaries identified by the council.

The firm resubmitted the application after new planning guidelines came into force, meaning the council must look to approve a wide choice of high-quality homes.

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money talks again dont need any more houses just look at the ones that been up for sale the last few years and still are

Posted by paul on 29 July 2012 at 11:48

What is councillor Harrington doing to improve road safety? For a long time this has been a major community issue. There is no mention on the outline plans whatsoever of any improvements. The houses are hardly affordable. A 10% plus deposit is still required by the banks for a mortgage. £15,000 for a £115,000 house. The "affordable" tag is simply a sweetner.

Posted by John on 28 July 2012 at 12:23

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