THE CONSTRUCTION of industrial units is set to make better use of land at a Carlisle smallholding as the business is becoming “unsustainable.”

Carlisle City Council has received an application for planning permission which, if approved would mean the demolition of glasshouses and storage sheds, paving the way for the construction of 11 industrial/commercial units.

The proposal includes the formation of access, parking and landscaping.

Maris Designs Limited submitted the proposal for to the council for land at smallholding 23, Newby Cross.

In supporting statements, Maris Designs note that “the site is currently running as a market garden with several large scale commercial glasshouses and associated sheds.

“This business is unsustainable and will close in the near future.”

Maris Designs said that competition from Dobies Garden Centre and Orton Grange Farm has made the business at Newby Cross “unviable.”

They said: “The proposal is to reinvigorate this site with new, low energy, high-quality, purpose-built units.

“The access requirements will initially be met via the existing access arrangements but these will be further strengthened by the introduction of a large, commercial entrance that is planned for the new Carlisle Southern Link Road.

The proposal is not expected to increase on-street parking in the area if approved.

The neighbouring Kingrigg farm operates as a small dairy farm, the surrounding area also includes horse paddocks for a livery business.

Maris Designs added: “The development of this land will address many planning objectives seeking to facilitate the development of much needed supply of quality, sustainable commercial/industrial units.

“The form, layout, scale and appearance of the units has been designed to ensure that the buildings positively respects the character and appearance of its surroundings.”

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