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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Protesters to seek judicial review as Maryport estate gets final go-ahead

Protesters against a major housing development have vowed to carry on their fight despite final planning permission being granted and the Government ruling against calling the plans in.

Deer Park photo
Tanis Jepson and Dolly Daniel have fought the Deer Park plans

Campaigners say they will not give up opposing Story Homes’ plans to build the 152-home estate on land at Deer Park, off Netherhall Road in Maryport.

This is despite the final nail being hammered in the coffin when Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said he would not call in Allerdale Council’s decision to approve the scheme.

Protest group Friends of Deer Park say their next step is to apply for a judicial review and talks are already underway with solicitors.

Carlisle-based Story Homes’ caused controversy in the town when it was revealed its intentions more than two years ago, resulting in more than 2,000 people signing a petition and a further 200 lodging objections with Allerdale Council.

The group Friends of Deer Park was immediately set up calling for the council to reject the scheme.

They fear that the development, which would be built next to Camp Farm where a major Roman excavation is taking place, could result in the loss of the important archaeological remains being lost forever.

Bill Barnes, from the group, said: “If the houses were to be built, it would be devastating. Not only because of the impact on the entrance to Maryport but also because of the economic consequences of building a housing development right on the doorstep of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

“We have been waiting on the Government’s decision and now we have it, we are going to apply for a judicial review and we have had good advice that we have a case – this is not the end.”

Fears have also been raised from protestors that the development would “substantially” increase the rusk to pupils at Netherhall School from traffic and cause “severe congestion” in all directions from Netherhall Corner.

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