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Saturday, 28 February 2015

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West Cumbrian housing development rejected

A plan to turn a field near St Bridget’s School in Brigham into a development of 16 houses and bungalows has been refused by Allerdale council.

Fitz Estate wanted to build the development on agricultural land off School Brow.

Two of the two-bedroom houses would have been available for social rent and a three-bedroomed house would have been up for discounted sale.

The council’s development panel voted against the plan after being told that the applicant had not demonstrated a satisfactory method to drain surface water. It also felt that the proposal would undermine the National Planning Policy Framework, which includes empowering local people to shape their surroundings for the future.

Anne McHugh, who lives opposite the site, said: “Brigham is already over-subscribed and its school is full to capacity with no plans to extend the current building.

“The infrastructure is also stretched.

“There is already flooding to the school and Ladywath Cottages and we feel this development would create more surface water. The drainage system is already fragile and would struggle to support this development without significant repair.”

Council officer’s recommended refusal for the plan, which received 48 letters of objection.

The panel voted 17 against with one abstention.

Agent Jeff McMaster, of Edwin Thompson LLP, said: “The application has gone through all the stages of the planning policies and we had positive reaction at the pre-application consultation.

“We feel this is a sensible development more in keeping to a rural village settlement like Brigham.”

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