THE CITY council’s planning committee will be asked for their verdict on plans for a 92 home residential development off Currock Road.

Carlisle City Council will decide on the planning application submitted by Currock Avenue Limited on Friday.

As well as 92 dwellings, the plans involve a new public open space, communal car park and new access to the site.

City council officers are recommending that the proposal is approved with conditions, these include that 18 units are affordable housing; four bungalows are built on the site and a £34,511 contribution is made for a public open space at Jubilee Road.

Notification letters have been sent out to residents in the area, in response the application has received 54 letters of objection and a petition against the development with 13 signatures from nine households.

Highways matters are of particular concern to residents, who say that South Western Terrace “cannot take the volume of traffic on such a tiny cobbled street.”

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One resident asked if a percentage of the homes will be ring-fenced for locals.

The case officer’s report prepared for planning reads: "The application proposes the demolition of the former two-storey brick pump house that survives on the site.

“The pump house dates from the late 19th century when the site was used as a railway service and maintenance depot for the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company.

“It is the last remaining structure from the railway depot and, despite having been a victim of vandalism and neglect, the pump house retains functional and decorative architectural features of note.”

But the developer notes that the buildings are in a “very poor state of repair and that it is an isolated incongruous industrial building.”

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