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Plans submitted for 50 new homes in Cumbria

Plans have been submitted to build 50 new homes at two separate developments in north Cumbria.

The larger scheme is for 48 houses, including 14 affordable homes, as well as open spaces and facilities on farmland off Scaur Lane in Lazonby, near Penrith.

And the second application is for two homes to be built on land next to Edenbrae, Wetheral Pasture, near Wetheral.

Plans for the Penrith scheme were submitted to Eden Council by Carlisle-based Story Homes and residents have until Monday, April 29, to submit their views.

Out of the proposed 48 homes there would be: 34 houses with more than three bedrooms, as well as eight social rented properties and six classed as intermediate housing.

According to the application the walls of the properties would be built using red sandstone, brick and render while grey tiles would be used for the roofs.

The site is approximately 1.91 hectares in area and is on the outskirts of Lazonby, about 10km north of Penrith.

John Lees, from consulting engineers Lees Roxburgh Ltd, said in his site assessment that it comprised of open farmland, in two fields, and there was no evidence of activities which could have led to contamination.

He added: “Although chicken sheds incorporate asbestos cement roofing.”

In his report Mr Lees said that there was a substation in the east corner of the western field but historically there was no other recorded development other than sheep pens and existing small buildings on the site.

Geologically, the area is mainly sandstone and is in an area of Environment Agency Flood Zone 1 – having a less than one in a thousand annual probability of flooding in any year.

Mr Lees has recommended that the ground conditions should be further investigated. In his report he said that investigation by trial pit was recommended.

He said: “Traditional strip foundations may well suffice founded onto underlying weathered sandstone and sandstone but can only be confirmed, or otherwise, by trial pit investigation.”

He added that consideration should be given to “soakaway testing” but this would be dependent upon a Flood Risk Assessment.

The Wetheral application has been submitted by the Church Commissioners for England for two properties – although the submission does not state how many bedrooms each would have.

According to a statement, prepared by Darlington-based Smiths Gore, the site is currently used for grazing purposes and Wetheral Pasture is a small hamlet consisting of around 15 high-quality properties.

The plans were submitted to Carlisle City Council at the start of this month and a decision is expected to be made by the end of May.

Have your say

This development should definatly not be granted for the people living on harrowbeck edge would lose all privacy from being overlooked by this new development not to mention the loss of natural light. Access would also be a problem. This is a village not a town!! Also if there is a chance of asbestos being on the site it should be left alone.

Posted by Dino Citrone on 19 April 2013 at 16:13

Let's hope they go to young British working people who cannot afford to get on the housing market instead if going to single mothers that do not work!!!

Posted by Lm on 18 April 2013 at 20:32

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