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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Developer bids to build 60 houses in Wigton

Plans have been resubmitted for a new housing development in Wigton – on a site which previously sparked fierce opposition.

Proposals to build 60 new houses on land just off West Road have been submitted to Allerdale council, despite a previous application on the same site provoking anger earlier this year.

The new scheme would see a mixture of 48 two, three and four bedroom houses built for sale, with a further 12 built as affordable housing.

The site, behind Wigton Bowling Club and near the Flosh Beck, is currently used for grazing and has a cycle path which links West Road to the Phoenix Park recreation area.

An application to build 82 homes on the same site was withdrawn in February after more than 300 angry protesters signed a petition against the development.

Local residents raised a number of concerns, claiming the new homes would: make the current cycle path less safe; cut back on designated open green space; and be on flood plains.

The new houses would lie in a flood zone, but North Associates, the firm behind the plans, address the issue in their application, claiming provisions have been made to ensure the development is not a flood risk.

The Allerdale Local Plan pre-submission draft, published earlier this year, stated that Wigton needed 36 new affordable houses a year to meet demand.

Councillor John Armstrong could not comment on this particular application, but backs the idea of more houses in the town.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned we are short of around 200 houses in Wigton, so the more the better.

“The more people we can get into the town the better ,as it gives us more of a chance of keeping our shops and businesses open.”

The consultation period is now open and decision on the plans is likely to be reached within the next two months.

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