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Eighty homes proposed for High Harrington in Workington

Workington could get a major housing boom as more plans are revealed to build in the town.

Hilary Harrington photo
Hilary Harrington

Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd has put forward proposals to build 80 homes at High Harrington.

This would see bungalows, terraced and detached homes on land off Main Road, opposite Little Croft, with 16 of the properties classed as ‘affordable’.

The news comes days after plans for 170 new homes were given the go-ahead to be built in Stainburn.

Harrington councillor Hilary Harrington has welcomed the proposal, saying that the area is in need of more affordable homes.

“We need a bigger balance of affordable homes as it will be good for the community,” she said.

“It gets people on the housing ladder, especially young people.”

Workington MP Tony Cunningham this week backed both plans.

“There is a shortage of homes and we need to be building more but they need to be in the right places,” he told the News & Star. “What we need is affordable housing – there is no point building if people can’t afford them.”

The developers claim that the houses will help meet a chronic “undersupply of housing” in Allerdale.

According to a statement submitted in support of the application, the development “will help meet the significant undersupply of housing that currently exists” and would widen the choice of housing available. It also claims that the development would encourage people to remain in the area, attract new residents and help to promote a “vibrant community”.

Government guidelines set out in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) mean that approval is recommended in areas where there is a proven housing need.

Allerdale Council has not identified a five-year supply of housing land, making it hard to turn down the plans based on local planning policy.

As the law stands, those without an identified supply must favour development, granting planning permission unless the adverse impacts would clearly outweigh the benefits.

The supporting statement concludes: “The NPPF confirms that the development should be approved without delay.”

Earlier this year Story Homes’ plan for 150 homes between Moor Road and the A66 was turned down because it was outside development boundaries identified by the council.

The firm resubmitted the application after the NPPF came into force, meaning the council must look to approve a wide choice of high-quality homes.

The council is currently consulting on a draft local plan but the project is too late to impact on this.

Have your say

Affordable housing Robert is the cloak the developers wear when they want planning consent to go through smoothly...affordable in another era meant council houses..houses will be handed over to the housing associations for allocation to people in need..

Posted by glennys on 16 August 2012 at 17:08

by affordable houses I presume ms Harrington means social housing..16 less off the council waiting list..I dont think there are many young people within the village boundaries who can afford to own their own homes and the price Harrington residents will have to pay in excess traffic an overcrowded school etc is too high..hundreds of new houses are being built within the workington boundaries and hundreds are empty ot waiting to be sold..can our councillers at least do their homework and ask the residents of the affected areas their opinions before publicly backing anything under the guise of "affordable housing"...and how will houses rejuvinate the village..we have no real facilities now..High Harrington has no shop no post office and 1 pub...we have 2 schools both in very difficult places to access. These proposals will not only add to the traffic chaos but will without doubt overcrowd our schools..

Posted by glennys on 9 August 2012 at 14:59

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