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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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New Carlisle housing estate will be ‘mini garden city’

A large new housing estate on the edge of Carlisle is set to be a mini garden city with woodland, tree-lined streets, open spaces and ponds.

Morton masterplan photo
Looking from Peter Lane towards Morton

The Church Commissioners obtained outline planning permission in 2010 to build 825 homes on agricultural land between Wigton Road, Dalston Road and Peter Lane.

They have now submitted detailed plans showing the layout of roads and green spaces. A substantial part of the 116-acre plot will be left as open space.

The centrepiece is Fairy Beck Park, named after the stream that flows through the area.

Features include woodland, artificial-turf sports pitches, a kickabout space, children’s play area, youth shelter, allotments and two ponds. The ponds are designed to store flood water and serve as a wildlife habitat.

Streets are tree lined and there is a network of footpaths and cycleways.

The planning application says: “The design philosophy is to provide an attractive and distinctive place to live while enhancing the local wildlife and semi-natural habitats.

“The access layout provides for attractive and convenient facilities for pedestrian movement combined with a network of cycle routes for short trips....intended to discourage movement by car.”

The application, drawn up by planning consultant Smiths Gore, goes into great detail even specifying the types of trees and hedgerows to be planted and which overhead power lines must be diverted.

The woodland, for example, will include maple, alder, silver birch, beech, ash, scots pine, oak and rowan trees.

So-called ‘feature trees’ dotted through the estate include apple, maple, horse chestnut and scots pine. The Church Commissioners hope work will start next year but they have to sign up a developer first.

Whoever is chosen will submit another planning application with details of the homes to be built.

The development will be built in three phases, over 10 years, starting at Dalston Road and working westward. In addition to the housing, there is 40,000sq metres earmarked for business use, facing Wigton Road, and space is set aside for a primary school, which may be needed later.

Smaller properties will be towards the centre of the development with larger family homes at the edges.

The approved outline planning application specified that 250 homes will be ‘affordable’.

Half will be for rent and the others for sale to local buyers at a discounted price. Many will be three or four-bedroomed properties.

A spinal road will run through the estate with roads off into residential areas with a 20mph speed limit. Vehicles will enter and leave via exits into Wigton Road, Dalston Road and two into Peter Lane. There will also be a buses-only link from Newlaithes Avenue in Morton Park.

The Church Commissioners’ scheme is the largest of three in the pipeline for Morton. Persimmon Homes Lancashire has planning consent for 160 homes at the corner of Peter Lane and Dalston Road, immediately next to the Church Commissioners’ land.

It also has consent for 253 homes near The Beeches in Wigton Road, where work is due to start shortly.


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