Plans for 25 two-storey homes have received approval in Appleby.

The initiative for the social housing scheme was initially proposed by Atkinson Building Contractors and Home Group on the Westmorland Road site.

After review, the proposal was given the green light by the Westmorland & Furness' planning authority on March 20.

According to the original planning statement: "The Westmorland Road site was formerly used for temporary infrastructure management facilities and offices, but has since been disused for some period of time with remnants of concrete slabs, drains and manholes identifying its historic use."

The applicant aims to fill the vacant space with two and three-bedroom social housing.

Of these, 16 will offer affordable rent including six two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom homes.

The remaining nine, comprising five 2-bedroom and four 3-bedroom homes, will be available for shared ownership.

Energy efficiency measures such as solar PVs and air-source heat pumps will be incorporated in all buildings.

"Sustainability has been addressed for the whole life cycle of the scheme including sensibly resourced products and materials," the statement reads. 

"This development meets the criteria as set out in the relevant National and Local Policies, as well as offering the client good quality for money and contributing to demand for social housing which meets the needs of local people," it reads. 

Jo Smailes, development and delivery manager at Home Group said: “We are delighted to have received approval and can begin work turning this currently disused site into much-needed housing in Appleby.

“With a mix of rented and shared ownership homes, we can help ensure there are affordable options for local residents.

“We are also firmly committed to our net-zero goals and these new homes have been designed to be efficient and cost effective for our customers.”

Notably, the housing development will also come equipped with 52 parking spaces, all to be fitted with Electric Vehicle charging points.

To view the application, use planning reference 22/0507