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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Next step in bid for £20m Cockermouth housing estate

The final details of a £20 million Cockermouth housing estate have been lodged with Allerdale council.

Outline approval has been given for the 221-home estate on land between the A66 and The Fitz, south of Fitz Woods.

An application for reserved matters, including landscaping and external work, has now been submitted for the site.

Lakeland Leisure Limited won a government appeal in 2012 to build the estate.

The company’s outline application had previously been rejected by Allerdale council.

A contract to build the estate was put out to tender last summer, and was won by Lovell.

Eighty-eight of the homes have been designated as “affordable”.

Lakeland Leisure Limited, owned by Cockermouth businessman Bob Slack, first lodged outline plans in 2010.

Meanwhile, a meeting was due to be held last night about a plan for up to 320 homes on land off Strawberry How, Cockermouth, by Carlisle developer Story Homes.

The company has lodged a planning application for 96 homes and an outline application for up to 224 more houses.

More than 150 people have objected, which prompted the town council to arrange the meeting at the town hall.

Opponents of the scheme say they are concerned about traffic and the impact on local services and schools.

Since lodging its application, the company said that almost 30 people had contacted it about buying properties.

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