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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbrian villagers object to plan for new homes

Villagers are fighting plans for a housing development which they claim will cripple local roads.

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Nicky Cockburn

More than 130 people living in Brigham, near Cockermouth, have lodged objections to Hearthstone Homes Ltd and Home Group Ltd’s proposal to build 10 new homes at Ellerbeck Brow.

A two-month consultation has come to an end and councillor Nicky Cockburn has called for the application to go before Allerdale council’s development panel.

Residents say the village roads cannot cope with any more traffic, any new development would cause added drainage problems and the local school is already at saturation point.

William Patterson said he has great difficulty reversing his car out of his property, on Ellerbeck Brow, and a new estate would add another blind junction to the narrow road.

He added that developments earmarked for that specific piece of land have been refused four times in the past 36 years because of traffic concerns.

This is the fifth housing estate application which has been planned for the village in the past 20 months. Hannah Dodd, of High Brigham, said: “The village does not have the infrastructure to cope long-term with the increase in houses and traffic.”

Clive Kirkpatrick, of High Brigham, said: “The unsuitability of this site is surely evident from the number of times applications have been refused.”

Allerdale council said a date has not yet been set for the application to be heard.

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