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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Council's special meeting over plans for 320 new homes

Plans for 320 new homes on land at Strawberry How will be discussed at a special meeting of Cockermouth town council tonight.

The application from Story Homes has attracted around 70 objections from people during a consultation over the scheme.

Members of the town council have called tonight’s special meeting to draw up its own response to the planning application before a final decision is taken by Allerdale’s development panel.

Objectors have put forward a number of objections against the scheme, including: heightened flood risk, traffic congestion, parking problems and the demand on the town’s schools and hospital.

When Story Homes’ idea was first revealed last year, hundreds of protestors attended a public meeting to show their opposition.

About 300 people took part in a public consultation and most were against the plans.

The firm has proposed a package of measures to promote site accessibility including a new bus service and a range of pedestrian and cycle route improvements to connect the site with surrounding areas.

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