Officers back redesigned homes plan for Cumbrian village
Published at 12:04, Monday, 26 August 2013
Controversial plans for new homes in Wetheral have been recommended for approval on their third attempt.
Magnus Homes has submitted plans for six homes on land behind Lime House, a former boys prep school built in the centre of the village.
They have already attracted a 70-strong opposition group – Save Wetheral Village – and more than 40 objections from nearby residents, plus one from Bournemouth.
The houses, which have previously been scaled down from eight to seven – are still too many, according to many of the objectors who say they would lead to over-development of the village near Carlisle.
The proposals are up for consideration by city councillors on Friday, after previously having been turned down.
A report drawn up council housing officers said Magnus Homes had “completely redesigned” the homes, both in terms of appearance and scale.
“It is the officer’s view that the scale, layout and design of the building are acceptable in relation to the site,” it said.
“The position of neighbouring properties and location of windows within those dwellings is such that the living conditions of surrounding residents are unlikely to be adversely affected by the proposal.”
Neighbours, however, are continuing their fight against the development.
Many of the original objectors have voiced continued concerns, about the impact on the village’s conservation status, the number of cars, loss of privacy and overdevelopment.
As well as locals, one objector wrote from Bournemouth, saying he thought the scheme “appalling.”
Alasdair Robertson, who grew up in the village and considers it his home, objected due to loss of light and privacy, the impact on wildlife and the design of the buildings and impact on traffic. He is a frequent visitor to the village, he said, as his parents live in Jennet Croft.
“The plans continue to completely disrespect the privacy of the residents,” he said.
“The design is not in keeping with the area around the village green. This development cannot be allowed to go ahead as it represents the slow erosion in character of what is and should remain one of the most picturesque village greens in north Cumbria.”
Peter Holland, of Goosegarth, Wetheral, said the most recent proposed development was ‘far more acceptable’ than previous, but most residents remained opposed to the number of homes.
“There are issues around the access roads for residents and emergency vehicles,” he said. “[It] would also put industrial sized bins immediately next to the village green, in a conservation area.”
He continued to object, he said.
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