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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Campaigners admit defeat in bid to stop new houses

A campaign group has lost a four-year battle to stop a major housing development being built in Maryport.

Friends of Deer Park, a group set up to oppose the homes at Deer Park, applied for a judicial review against Story Homes’ plan to build the 152 houses.

However, this has been turned down this week and protestors have admitted defeat.

Chairman of the Friends, Bill Barnes, described it as “the blackest day in my 50 years in Maryport.”

The 75-year-old said: “Maryport people and many from outlying areas should prepare for disruption, traffic chaos, real danger to Netherhall school users, loss of wildlife, loss of the lovely approach to our town from the north, more flooding, an influx of less than welcome strangers and a breakdown of the unique Maryport character and culture which we all love.”

He said that the decision was “beyond understanding”.

“In the 1960s, proposals for any development there were turned down because of traffic issues.

“There are far more cars now going at twice the speed and yet this has been allowed. I cannot understand it,” he added.

Another campaigner, Ian Francis, of Camp Road, said it was ironic that the road that Story Homes promised to build to give access to a Roman visitor centre on Camp Farm may no longer be needed because the owner, Hadrian’s Wall Trust, is folding.

Objectors now have seven days to lodge an appeal against the judicial review although Mr Barnes said this is unlikely to happen.

“The fight is over for us,” he said.

Story Homes said the company will not comment until the seven days has passed.

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