Detailed plans for the next phase of the major redevelopment of Workington’s former steelworks site are set to be given the green light today.

Persimmon Homes wants to build over 650 homes on the former 31-acre Corus steelworks site and has outline planning permission for the development.

Phase one will see 316 homes built and proposals for the first 225 homes were approved by Allerdale Council last year.

And today planners are set to agree details for the next 91 homes to be built on the site as part of phase 1b of the construction.

Plans would see a mixture of two, three and four bedroom homes with types including detached, semidetached, terraced houses and flats.

But Gordon Henry, who has campaigned for over a year for a play area to be built on the nearby Forgehill Park development, has hit out at the lack of plans for play facilities on the development.

The play area was part of the conditions attached to planning consent for the 92-home Forgehill estate built by Persimmon Homes.

But the company initially did not comply with the condition and after attempting to backtrack on the plans, it submitted a proposal which is set to be discussed by planners soon.

A report by Allerdale council planning officers said: "The previous outline consent incorporated areas of public open space but excluded the requirement for children’s play facilities on viability grounds. Phase 1b therefore does not provide children’s play equipment but there are extensive areas of public open site within the coastal areas."

Mr Henry said: "It's absolutely disgraceful. In my view Allerdale council is completely failing in its obligation to provide proper planning. If Persimmon are putting in 660 homes without any recreational space, Allerdale hasn't learnt any lessons.

"A community is more than a collection of houses, that's the bottom line. You can't build a development of that size without community facilities, it's setting a community up to fail."

Chris Kershaw, director in charge for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: "We have worked very closely with Allerdale Borough Council to bring forward the former Corus site which has fallen into dereliction in recent years. We are delighted to have developed a scheme in conjunction with the planning department which they are supporting for planning approval."

Planners will also discuss a proposal to create a roundabout at the site entrance between Lakes Road and Derwent Drive.

Plans to develop the site, which closed in 2007, were first lodged nine years ago by Eatonfield Developments Limited, who were granted planning permission for an £80 million seaside community.

But the firm went into liquidation in 2011 and Persimmon took over the outline plans.

Allerdale council's development panel is due to make a decision at a meeting at Allerdale House at 1pm.