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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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New housing estate planned for Carlisle

A bid to build almost 200 new homes on the southern edge of Carlisle has been revealed.

Persimmon Homes want to build the properties on land on the edge of Harraby, as the city’s housing boom looks set to continue.

If the application is given the go ahead, 176 homes could be built on a site at Carleton which lies south west of Cumwhinton Road and to the back of Farbrow Road. The company has submitted a planning application to Carlisle City Council.

Full details are due to be published in the next few days on the council’s website but it is already known that 30 per cent of the proposed development is to be earmarked as affordable housing.

It is understood the properties will include 11 five-bedroom homes, 88 four-bedroom properties, 69 three-bedroom homes and eight with two bedrooms each. The city council plans to formally notify almost 60 nearby householders and businesses of the planning application as part of the official consultation period for the scheme.

Councillor Cyril Weber, who represents the Harraby ward on Carlisle City Council, said: “The land is not in the Harraby ward, we only go up to the city boundaries where there is housing at the moment.

“The boundary stops there, but some of the neighbouring properties are in my ward. We’ve spoken to a few of the residents because there had been stories that there may be houses being proposed. What we’ve said to them is wait until the application is submitted first, wait and see what details are in the planning application. There will be people in the area with concerns, particularly when they’ve had lovely views over fields and that may change, but until we know and see more it is very difficult to comment.”

No-one from Persimmon Homes is available for comment about the planning application due to the Christmas holidays. There have been concerns in recent years over traffic running through a narrow road close to the proposed site. Sewell Lonning, which links the road to Cumwhinton with the main A6 London Road, was made one-way partly because of fears about speeding and increased volumes of traffic created by the popularity of the nearby Carleton Grange and Parklands housing developments.

The plans to build the 176 new homes were submitted on Christmas Eve, just days after planners backed proposals for another major housing development for the south of the city.

The city council’s development control panel gave their backing in principle to the building of 318 new homes at Blackwell by Story Homes on land between Hammonds Pond, Oaklands Drive and Durdar Road.

Have your say

Responsible planning went out the window when central government relaxed planning processes through its 'National Planning Policy Framework'. Councils now approve anything if they think they can get hold of the cash available through the government's 'New Homes Bonus'. This was designed to relieve housing pressure in the south, but the effect up here has been unnecessary destruction of villages, greenfield sites and Conservation Areas. There is no sensible economic argument and no local democracy involved, just greed.

Posted by Dave on 3 January 2014 at 22:43

There are thousands of houses now planned for Carlisle. Nearly all of them are to be built on green field sites. There has been little increase in the number of jobs in the area- apart from those involved in building the houses. There has been no improvement to the roads and does not seem to be any improvement planned-most of the new houses are on the opposite side of the city to the new bypass and hence have no use for it. I just don't understand who will buy these houses. I don't see any evidence that the council has any plan or money to build the necessary infrastructure to cope with the new houses. I am very worried that Carlisle will end up either a terribly congested unpleasant place to live or will end up a ghost town with loads of empty houses. Neither of which will encourage people and businesses to move to the area or improve the wellbeing of the current residents which is surely the aim of town planning.

Posted by Matthew on 3 January 2014 at 11:53

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