350-home estate could take up to 10 years to complete
Last updated at 15:09, Friday, 20 September 2013
It will take up to 10 years to complete a massive housing estate on the edge of Cockermouth, it was revealed this week.
Story Homes wants to build up to 350 homes on land off Strawberry How Road.
It plans to submit an application for the development in November.
If given the go-ahead, building will be carried out in stages over the next decade.
Sandra Manson, director of Signet Planning, which is Story Homes’ planning consultant, said: “Phase one will see 90 units being built, including some affordable homes, and we are looking at building about 30 units a year around the Tom Rudd Beck area.
“Phase two will see the rest of the homes built up to the Slatefell estate and this will take around seven years to build.
“It is really quite normal for a development of this size to take that long.”
The firm is in talks with travel firm Reay’s, of Wigton, about providing public transport to the estate by incorporating it into one of its routes.
Story Homes held an event on Tuesday which saw around 100 people attend to view plans and talk about any issues.
Some residents said they believed the new estate could lead to traffic problems.
The issue had been highlighted at an earlier consultation event in May which led to traffic assessments being carried out by Story Homes.
The company said its findings showed that the extra homes would not have a severe impact. It would expect between 200 and 220 extra cars an hour added to the road network, which the infrastructure could cope with.
The company has ruled out another exit to the A66 while also looking at how to provide public transport.
Mrs Manson said: “We are confident we have met the requirements, although there are differences of opinion from some people.
“We have worked through all the issues with robust responses and we understand that people are frustrated.
“There is a lot of focus on the adverse impacts but it will deliver a number of social and economic benefits including affordable housing.”
Jean Dixon, of Windmill Lane, said: “I am not happy with the impact on the roads, especially with the new hospital and the amount of cars that will be going through Castlegate with its narrow entrance.”
Janet Hayter, 74, of Buttermere Close, said: “I have issues about the amount of traffic, particularly around the top of Kirkgate.”
The Allerdale and Copeland branch of the Green Party has also opposed the plans.
Story Homes said the development would help meet the long-term housing needs of Cockermouth.
Around 30 per cent of homes will be for rent or available to buy at a discounted rate.
First published at 14:51, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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I agree the Adverse Impact of possible increased traffic,School places etc,But Will a wide corridor be left for future Dualling of the A66. cyril
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