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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Views wanted on plans for new homes on disused land

The community is to have a say about plans for a new residential development in Workington.

Allerdale Investment Partnership (AIP) is asking people who live and work in and around the town what they think about proposals for new homes earmarked for disused land off Ashfield Road South.

The AIP, a joint venture between Allerdale council and the Lucent Strategic Land Fund, hope to lodge an outline planning application next month and if successful, the site will be sold to housing developers.

A drop-in session will be held next Thursday and council leader Alan Smith said any feedback would be reviewed by the project team and, where possible. form part of the outline planning application.

“We want to hear as many opinions as possible about the plans for this site, which will bring much-needed housing to Workington,” said Mr Smith.

“People may have questions about the affordable housing provision for the area, or how this may affect public transport or other services, for example.”

The site, which was owned by the council before being transferred to AIP, was allocated for housing back in 1999 as part of the Allerdale Local Plan.

It has lain empty during that time, but now the opportunity has arisen, due to the creation of AIP, to explore its development potential. This will be one of the first schemes under the new partnership to reach the planning process.

Housing developers will have to submit a full detailed planning application before building the new homes.

The drop-in session is being held at Moorclose Community Centre on Thursday between 4pm and 8pm. Leaflets will also be sent to households around the Ashfield Road South site, and will be available from the council offices at Allerdale House in Workington.

“At the drop-in session there will be people on hand to answer any questions there may be about Allerdale Investment Partnership and how that is going to benefit the borough in terms of investment, job creation and future projects,” said Mr Smith.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to either go along to the information session or comment on the proposals in writing.”

Send your comments to ashfieldroad@turley.co.uk, post to Consultation, FREEPOST CE 616, Allerdale Borough Council, Allerdale House, Workington, CA14 3YJ,or call 0808 1688296. This initial round of consultation will end on Friday, August 29.

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