Building firm hope an investment or more than £5 million will give Aspatria a fresh boost.

Gleeson homes have submitted plans to build 66 home on a vacant agricultural land beside Station Road.

The planning application, shows plans for “market homes”.

The planning definition of market housing is defined as private housing for rent or sale where the price is set in the open market.

There is no indication on the planning application that there would be any affordable housing or starter homes in the mix.

A spokesman for Gleesons said: “We are planning to build 66 homes which will be ideally placed close to the town centre, the rugby club and with fantastic views across to Skiddaw and the rest of the Lake District. The site has been allocated for residential development by Allerdale Borough Council’s newly adopted Local Plan which was included due to the anticipated demand for housing within Aspatria and the local area.

"Our planned development will be an investment of £5.5m into Aspatria and the local area.

" Such investment often prompts others to invest in existing housing stock and supports existing shops and services within that community, including creating local job opportunities.

“Prices are expected to start as low as £110,000 for a modern semi-detached home with gardens to the front and back and off street parking.

"Across the country 80 per cent of our customers are first time buyers and this trend has continued as we have moved into Cumbria.

"Our houses will be truly affordable and will allow local people and key workers to buy their first home. This is just one of many developments that we have planned across Cumbria and we are hoping to be on site providing much needed housing next summer."

Plans show a majority of three-bedroom houses, with 40 in all. There would be 16 properties with two bedrooms, nine with four or more.