A property developer has submitted a planning application to build over 150 new homes in Carlisle.

Following a consultation with the local community, Story Homes hope to have a decision on their application for 156 new homes on land at Orton Road confirmed by summer 2021.

The proposal includes a range of two to five-bedroom homes, some of which Story Homes claim will be affordable.

Development Planner, Paul Fenton, said: “We carried out a public consultation late last year and have sought to incorporate comments received in formulating our planning application which has now been submitted to Carlisle City Council.

“This scheme will make an important contribution towards housing delivery, including provision of affordable homes, bungalows, and an element of accessible and adaptable homes.

“We have a variety of attractive developments in other areas of the City that have proven popular with our customers and we’re excited to bring more high quality homes to Carlisle.”

The intended location for the homes forms part of the wider land at Newhouse Farm that is allocated for residential development for over 500 homes in the Carlisle District Local Plan 2015-2030.

The news comes as a plan for 725 new homes on the southern edge of Morton was recently proposed.

The new development proposed for the land at Morton, bounded by Wigton Road, Peter Lane and Dalston Road, will be comprised of 99 two bedroom dwellings, 352 three bedroom dwellings and 174 four bedroom dwellings if it is given the go ahead.

The applicant, Persimmon Homes, said it hopes to secure planning approval for the site later this year and start work in 2022.

Councillors are keen to see whether the developments have the potential to provide affordable housing and local investment.

On the plans for 156 new homes, Conservative Carlisle City Councillor Sandsfield and Morton West, James Bainbridge said: "Last year Story Homes informed residents of their intentions to submit an application.

"During lockdown, I was able to write to residents on Hebden Avenue and St Edmunds Park, which will both partially border the site and I am extremely grateful that several residents offered their considered views to me."Before this application goes to the Planning Committee I will be judging it against their comments and concerns.

"For example, the proposed junction point is onto Orton Road and close to Sandsfield Lane which is prone to speeding.

"I want to see robust measures from Cumbria County Council as to how this will be tackled.

"The site has previously been allocated for housing in the Carlisle Local Plan under the previous Labour led council administration.

"However, my view is that any permission has to result in serious investment in local facilities such as schools, and the local neighbourhood."