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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Carlisle councillors urged to approve holiday cottages plan for castle estate

Businessman Philip Day is planning to build a terrace of four holiday cottages as part of a restoration programme at his Edmond Castle Estate, near Corby Hill.

Carlisle city councillors are expected to approve the scheme today despite seven objections arguing it would have a “detrimental impact” and could set a precedent for further development.

The stone and slate cottages would be in Garden Walk, off the main entrance road.

A statement from Ashwood Design, acting for Mr Day’s company Hayton Construction, says the holiday lets are part of a plan to ensure the long term viability of the estate.

The statement says: “Following acquisition of the Edmond Castle estate our client, Mr Philip Day, has undertaken an extensive and authentic programme of restoration. Considerable effort has also been afforded to recover the general condition of the estate buildings and landscape including extensive maintenance, restoration, forestry and land management.

“It is our client’s fervent plan to develop a strategy to complete the restoration process to its full potential and to do everything possible to ensure the long-term future of the estate as a viable entity.”

Mr Day is chairman and chief executive of Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Planning officers are recommending that councillors approve the holiday lets.

Their report says: “The scale of the holiday lets would be well related to the existing properties.

“The proposal would lead to an increase in noise and disturbance but not at a level that would sustain an amenity objection. On this basis the proposal is recommended for approval.”

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