Plans for 67 new homes in Penrith are set for approval later this week, after an earlier version of plans for a new housing estate on the site were rejected.

Eden Council’s planning committee will be meeting on Thursday to decide whether to approve plans for new homes on land at White Ox Farm.

Planning officials in Eden Council have recommended that the homes be given the go-ahead, providing a legal agreement is put in place that guarantees the estate’s intended status as 100 per cent affordable housing, that £60,000 in funding is secured to support education in the area, and the specific locations on footpaths linking to the new site be outlined.

Late last year, an application was submitted for the same site requesting permission for 76 homes on the Penrith land.

Put before Eden Council’s planning committee in August, the plans were rejected, as the committee concluded, among other reasons, that the proposed plans outlined an overly-dense development, and that sustainable modes of transport were not being supported by the plans.

However, with the alterations made to the plans, including the requirement for a financial contribution towards education in the local area, the amended plans have been recommended for approval by Eden’s planning officials.

If approved, the homes that will subsequently be built will be a mixture of rented and shared ownership homes.

The homes will be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Cumbria County Council had originally requested a contribution of £120,000 from the developer be secured to “mitigate the impact of the proposed development on school places.”

However, the report set to go before the committee on Thursday explains that following “extensive discussions” with Atkinson Builders and housing association Riverside, and “taking into account the risk of not delivering affordable housing and the viability evidence that has been provided,” it was concluded that £60,000 would be acceptable “in this particular case.”