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Sunday, 28 December 2014

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Lovell gets go-ahead to build 217 new homes in west Cumbria

A £20 million housing estate is set to be built in Cockermouth.

Bruce Lister photo
Bruce Lister

Lovell Partnerships Ltd will build 217 houses on land near to The Fitz on Low Road.

A total of 88 of the houses will be affordable homes – 61 two and three-bedroom houses to rent, managed by the Home Group, and 27 low-cost houses for sale.

The 8.5-hectare area proposed for the development is agricultural land next to where the annual Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show takes place.

The scheme was unanimously approved by the council’s development panel.

Bruce Lister, from Lovell Partnerships, spoke at the meeting to outline the details of the company’s plans. The application includes a proposal to have a new piece of public art, featuring a sheep farmer and a dog, installed at the entrance to the development.

Cockermouth town council welcomed the application and no objections were submitted by either Allerdale Council’s environmental health team or the Highways Agency.

However, concerns were raised by Papcastle parish council and Cockermouth Civic Trust and 11 letters of objection were sent to Allerdale Council.

Parish councillors suggested a development with fewer houses would be more suitable.

Darren Ward, from Cockermouth Civic Trust, said among his objections: “The application is essentially a re-run of the previous submission that the trust objected to earlier this year.”

The 11 letters of objection raised concerns about traffic, wildlife, design, loss of amenities for existing homes and questions over whether so much housing is needed.

Lovell Partnerships was granted outline planning permission in 2012 for 221 homes on the site but they scaled it back.

Have your say

What a shame that people will have cheaper, accessible homes to live in! Perhaps the design should be amended to ensure individually designed detached housing that looks pretty and will cost in excess of 200,000 each. That will bring in the people that the area needs. Perhaps then the young people can move out of the area and allow only those already on the housing ladder to take over the entire town which is obviously beneficial for the longer term wellbeing of the general population and businesses.

Posted by Spud on 28 August 2014 at 14:44

yipeeeeeeeeeee....just what we need...more little boxes...

Posted by Caz on 28 August 2014 at 09:10

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