A FIRE damaged Longtown farmhouse could be replaced with a new home if the plans are approved.

The planning application has been submitted to Cumberland Council for a site at Whiteclose Rigg to demolish the existing building and build a new property at the site.

It covers an area of 1,695 square metres and is located on the road leading from Solport Bridge to the Moor Road Junction.

According to a planning statement the proposed dwelling is located on the site of an existing house which is situated directly adjacent to the existing access to the farm complex.

The report states: "The site currently has an existing two storey dwelling which is accessible via the entrance from the main road and the road within the site which leads to the farm complex and barns beyond.

"This was heavily damaged by fire with the roof destroyed in entirety, and the upper floor walls structurally damaged as a result.

"Water damage and debris also caused serious damage to first and ground floor structures and windows.

News and Star: The fire-damaged homeThe fire-damaged home (Image: Cumberland Council planning portal)

"The existing dwelling comprises five bedrooms, lounges and separate kitchen diner all accessible from a hallway at front and rear access points.

"It sits parallel to the road with the primary frontage facing the main road. Access is via the existing lane to a parking and turning area within the site.

"The house is in a very poor state of repair and structurally unsound as a result of the fire damage and subsequent vacancy.

"It is viewed that demolition of the existing property, and erection of a new dwelling would be the most suitable solution to maintain the use of the site and allow for the erection of a property constructed to modern regulations and allow for renewal of other elements such as drainage, heating systems and access."

It is proposed the ground floor would comprise a central entrance hall and stairwell providing access straight through the property and to primary rooms to either side.

The report states: "There is a secondary access to the rear from the existing courtyard into utility/plant area which will be the main access from the off-street parking area.

"The footprint of the proposal follows the same frontage onto the main road as the existing dwelling, with the rear of the new property being squared off in line with the existing offshoot to be retained to allow for ease of construction and tying in."