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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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New Cumbrian housing estate set to get green light

Plans for a 100-plus home estate which have caused anger among residents are set to get the go-ahead today.

The scheme, by Persimmon Homes, would see 114 houses built on land next to Newlands Park, Dearham.

Objections have been lodged by 380 residents, who fear the estate will destroy their village as they claim roads, drains and sewers cannot cope with increased demand.

It has also been revealed that there is already a waiting list at the village school and children could be forced to catch a bus to neighbouring schools to meet demand.

But when Allerdale council’s development panel meets in Maryport today, members are being urged to approve the plans, subject to a legal document which would see the Lancashire-based development company provide cash towards the village’s education and highways.

Protesters are being urged to register their objections, with four residents taking to the stand to voice their frustrations.

Newlands Park resident Shirley Tweedie is one of those hoping to get the chance to speak.

The 63-year-old, who has lived in the village for most of her life, said: “Everyone living in Dearham is against the development – and all for different reasons. People with children are bothered because the school is already full. Parents are up in arms because they don’t want to put their children on a school bus to go to another school.

“This will definitely ruin our village and have a major effect on everyone. There’s got to be a stopping point for new homes being built in Dearham.”

One of the conditions which would be put on the approval, would be for Persimmon to pay £341,000 to the school for expansion to meet demand. However, a survey has revealed four new classrooms would cost £566,000.

The primary school is currently full in nursery and years one, five and six, with the remaining classes having “extremely limited space”.

Ward councillor and Dearham resident Louise Maguire will speak on behalf of the residents at today’s meeting. She said that in the past five years, the number of housing developments in the village has soared.

Story Homes is building 78 houses in the village and initial plans were revealed last month for 100 new homes at Craika Farm.

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