Sunday, 29 November 2015

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Council changes planning condition for 103-home Carlisle estate

Roadworks in Carlisle will not be there for longer than planned, despite developers being given more time by the council.

Persimmon has been granted a change in the conditions of its planning permission to build 103 houses on land near Cummersdale under its Charles Church brand.

When Carlisle City Council’s development control committee first gave consent in 2012, the company was told to complete a ‘highway improvement scheme’ along the two roads which border the site – Dalston Road and Peter Lane – before any building work began.

That has now been changed to before any property is occupied, meaning the work could be done over a longer period, a meeting in Carlisle heard. But the company has insisted there will be no delays in getting the work completed.

Mark Cook, managing director for Charles Church Lancashire, said: “We have been granted permission to begin our onsite works before the offsite highway improvements are finished.

“There will be no delay to offsite works. Under the traffic regulation order we have a set period of time to carry out the works. All this permission means is that for a short period we can carry out onsite and offsite works concurrently.”

“It will not affect the timetable for offsite works,” he added

Councillor Bryan Craig, who represents Dalston, said: “This development has already caused a great deal of inconvenience to locals.”

“My concern is that there is a distinct lack of joined-up thinking between developers, highways (Cumbria County Council department) and officials over large developments.”

Mr Craig also said he was concerned about more road closures in the future.

Councillor Hugh McDevitt, who represents Denton Holme, said: “I believe there will be problems in the future.

“Do these developers think that we are a soft touch? The conditions were put in for a very clear reason.

“People in that area, have suffered and suffered and suffered,” he added.

The proposal was carried with eight votes in favour and three against.


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