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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Fears 'undesirable tenants' will move onto new housing estate

Residents of a new housing estate fear the value of their homes will tumble if flats are built there.

Persimmon Homes has completed more than 40 properties at Forgehill Park, off Moss Bay Road in Workington, as part of a scheme for 92 two, three and four-bedroom houses that were approved in 2011.

Now it wants to increase the number to 107 including 18 two-bedroom flats.

The proposal has incensed residents who are worried that the flats will be rented out by a social housing provider, leading to an influx of “undesirable tenants”.

They have submitted a 35-signature petition against the changes while 18 individuals have objected.

Michael Bell, of Railbank Drive, set up the petition.

His objection says: “When I paid nearly £200,000 for my property, I did not sign up to these plans and I am really concerned that this will affect the price of my property in the future.”

Another resident, Geoffrey Donaldson, has accused Persimmon of “deceiving” home buyers.

He wrote: “I find the proposed plans completely unacceptable, and refuse to allow my investment to be jeopardised by the site moving undesirable tenants in.

“If more housing is required then why not have specific housing schemes built to accommodate those in need and allow those of us who work hard to make lifestyle choices, like buying a new home, to live without the worry of being subjected to the behaviours and attitudes of people who have no regard for others and their property?”

John Waugh, also of Railbank Drive, wrote: “We do not want flats on the estate. [We] would not have bought this house if we knew there were going to be flats.”

Other objectors have raised concerns about traffic and a lack of parking spaces.

Persimmon’s planning application goes before Allerdale council’s development panel next week and is recommended for approval.

Planning officers say the proposals would provide a “variety of house types” that meet the “core principles” of government and local planning policies.

The revised scheme includes 16 so-called “affordable” homes – up from 13 in the original plans – for rent or sale to locals at a discounted price.

Persimmon says its aim is to “deliver a high-quality and diverse range of homes in a suitable environment”.

The housebuilder is currently offering nine houses for sale at Forgehill Park, all three-bedroomed properties, at prices between £126,995 and £173,995.

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