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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Persimmon set to get go-ahead for new west Cumbrian estate

Controversial plans for more than 50 homes in west Cumbria are expected to be given the green light next week.

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Persimmon Homes has applied to build 53 houses off Bellaport Gardens in Harrington, Workington. But residents believe the extra properties will cause traffic chaos.

Allerdale councillors are to debate the proposal at a meeting next week – and its officers have recommended they approve the plans.

They say redevelopment of the abandoned former sand quarry would bring “significant environmental benefits” to the area.

But for the scheme to go ahead Persimmon would likely have to address various transport issues – including installing a pedestrian crossing on Church Road, making improvements to the nearby railway station and funding a school traffic warden.

The plans are for 33 three-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and 10 four-bedroom homes.

The town council and a number of residents have submitted objections, largely due to traffic concerns. They say it would put considerable pressure on the already busy Church Road – the only access route to the development.

But planning officers point out in their report that the site has been subject to previous applications in the past, and still has valid consent for 41 homes.

Another application for 88 homes on this and neighbouring land was turned down by the council but then overturned at a appeal, although that has now expired.

The report therefore states: “The planning history underlines the acceptance of residential development.”

They add that other recent housing approvals – notably at Whins Farm and Main Road – do not affect the sustainability of this particular scheme.

Although traffic issues would need to be addressed by Persimmon, council officers point out that the site has good public transport links – served by buses and trains – and is within walking distance of Beckstone Primary and Southfield secondary schools.

They add that the primary would also benefit from improvements, funded by contributions from this and other new housing developments.

Allerdale councillors will decide whether to agree with the recommendations when the development panel meets on Tuesday, December 17.

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