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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Plan for 100 homes near Carlisle to be reconsidered

A decision to approve a proposed housing development for almost 100 new homes on the site of a former Carlisle military base will be reconsidered this week.

Last month members of Carlisle City Council’s Development Control Committee granted outline permission for the scheme at Hadrian’s Camp in Houghton Road.

But Stanwix Rural Parish Council has challenged the move to approve the scheme and has called for it to be reviewed. It has claimed that the original decision was influenced by economic considerations and failed to demonstrate the integrity of the planning process.

According to a report by Angus Hutchinson, one of the council’s planning officers, he said that parish councillors felt there had been a failure to consult with the wider community.

He said: “The parish council has therefore requested that the decision to give authority to issue an approval should be reconsidered.”

Mr Hutchinson said that it was a matter for judgement but the proposal was still recommended for approval.

As part of the development, the builder, North Associates, has to agree to improvements to the benefit of the wider community, including a payment of £204,867 to fund extra school places and £65,000 towards impacts on the wildlife site.

Mr Hutchinson said that North Associates had been talking with house-builders and there was “significant interest” from social landlords.

The site covers an area of 4.997 hectares of the former military training base to the east of Houghton Road and south of a nearby housing development – Hadrian’s Wall lies between 150 and 160m away.

Houghton has 482 homes and the proposed extra 96 properties at Hadrian’s Camp is an increase of almost 20 per cent.

The plan originally received 44 formal objections, including one from Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart, and three letters and emails in support.

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