Appeal rejected for 34 new homes in Brigham
Last updated at 12:37, Friday, 27 September 2013
Plans for 34 new homes in Brigham will not go ahead after the Government rejected the scheme.
Social landlord Home Group wanted to build the estate at Ellerbeck Brow.
The housing association lodged an appeal after its plans were rejected by Allerdale council in December, despite being recommended by council officers for approval.
Home wanted to build 12 houses for social rent, 12 “affordable” homes and 10 for sale on the open market.
It was working with Flimby building firm Thomas Armstrong and developer Hearthstone Homes, which owns the land.
The three firms told planning inspector Geoffrey Hill that the development would contribute significantly to the area’s need for affordable homes.
Mr Hill said that the scheme had many benefits, including helping to address the shortfall in housing, but they had to be weighed against the permanent harm which the development would cause to the area and nearby residents.
He said it would have been a relatively small expansion of the present built-up area and in keeping with the village as it is at present.
He added: “However, in more detailed terms, the proposed layout does not seem to draw upon any pattern or form of development found elsewhere in the village.”
He said the detailed design would not relate well to the established urban form of the village and it would appear “incongruous and isolated”.
He also raised concerns about the effect on neighbouring properties.
There are a number of applications for estates in the village, including outline permission for 50 homes at Kirkcross Quarry, a decision pending on 22 homes at Lawson Garth and outline planning permission has been applied for for a further 16 at School Brow.
Elsa Brailey, Home Group head of development, said: “Our scheme would have provided high quality affordable homes for local people.
“The inspector acknowledged in his report there is a significant shortfall of affordable homes in the village.
“We’re disappointed our appeal was rejected, especially since the homes were originally recommended for approval. We will now look at where we can provide these much needed homes.”
First published at 12:21, Friday, 27 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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