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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Housing planned for ex-army camp site near Carlisle

A housing development could be built on the site of a former army camp at Houghton, north of Carlisle.

Wigton-based North Associates has applied for outline planning consent for 96 homes at Hadrian’s Camp.

It says there would be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties – terraced, semi-detached and detached – with access for cars from Houghton Road and on foot from Tribune Drive and Antonine Way.

Mark Walker, managing director of parent company AMW Contractors, said that a fifth of the homes would be designated as “affordable” – for sale to local buyers at a discount to market value.

He added: “Subject to planning permission, work could begin in 2013.”

The planning application says the development would be screened from homes that back onto the site and would retain trees and open space to preserve wildlife habitats.

However, the city council has already received objections from five residents of Antonine Way and Tribune Drive.

These raise concerns about the access, loss of privacy, noise, litter, and the impact on wildlife including hedgehogs, bullfinches, coal tits, woodpeckers and bats.

Philip Grogan, of Antonine Way, said: “People walking along the footpath would look right into the back of my house. It will channel people that way bringing noise and litter.

“I’ve concerns about the [vehicular] access onto Houghton Road too, which is on a bend.

“The extra traffic would add to the tailbacks waiting to turn into Whiteclosegate.

“Could Houghton School cope with all the extra children?”

Hadrian’s Camp ceased to be an army camp in 1969.

It is described in the planning application as “scrub land and hard standings”.

However, objectors claim that diggers have started to remove trees and shrubbery in the last 18 months.

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looking for anyone who did national service 1956-1958 who new colin ingram from stoke-on-trent staffordshire.he was in the 18 19 hussars after his traing he went to omagh or armagh in co tyrone northern ireland any info wuld help thanks d ingram.

Posted by mrs dorothy ingram on 19 February 2013 at 09:52

I did my national service training at hadrians camp june 51 -oct 51. I took part in the military tattoo during the festival of britain (dressed as a zulu). What a time.

Posted by Bill Sloan. Royal armoured corps. 22489085 on 25 November 2012 at 22:29

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