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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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'Extra care' housing scheme given go-ahead for Brampton

A housing development for senior citizens and the disabled has been given the go-ahead.

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Heather Bradley

Members of Carlisle City Council’s development control committee have approved plans for a complex in Brampton, which will contain 38 ‘extra care’ flats.

They will be built on a site which is currently part of the Irthing Centre – which would be demolished – by Workington-based Impact Housing Association.

They will be targeted at people who are aged 55 or over – or have conditions such as dementia or a learning difficulty – who need attention but want to carry on living independently.

The development of the plans started in 2010.

A planning application to build them was submitted by community group Brampton and Beyond Community Trust last year, following an informal consultation.

It was turned down on grounds including that it would have had an impact on the privacy of neighbouring properties, parking arrangements would not have created a good living environment for residents and the building would have been out of character with other structures.

The group appealed this decision through the Planning Inspectorate but failed to get the decision overturned. Shortly afterwards, the trust announced that Impact would become involved with the project.

The housing association’s architects – Unwin Jones – carried out a redesign on the site. A report to members said this had addressed issues raised and it was passed unanimously.

Councillor Ann Warwick, who represents Upperby, said: “I am pleased with the changes in design because the original design wasn’t going to work. This is much better.”

Heather Bradley, who represents Currock, added: “Developing this type of housing is absolutely essential for this area. We have an aging population that is still comparatively fit and still quite determined to stay in its own home.”

Ray Bloxham, who represents Longtown and Rockcliffe, said they should be ‘very proud’ they had turned down the original plans because “it needed to be redone.”

The land the development will be built on is currently owned by Cumbria County Council. This will be transferred to the community trust who will lease it to Impact.

The project was originally earmarked to cost around £4m, with funding being secured once planning permission was granted but Impact has stated the changes mean it is now likely to cost more than that.

Building work has to begin within three years.

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