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Plans for 34 homes in Brigham refused

Plans for 34 homes in Brigham have been unanimously rejected at a council meeting attended by around 40 villagers.

Home Group wanted to build an estate on land east of Ellerbeck Brow with 12 houses for social rent, 12 affordable homes and 10 for sale on the open market.

The plans were recommended for approval by Allerdale council planning officers, but the development panel on Tuesday unanimously refused them.

Councillors said that the estate would not be in keeping with the character of the village, would have an adverse affect on the landscape and there would be problems with access.

The plans attracted 210 letters of objection and a 34-signature petition, along with one letter of support.

Brigham resident Mark Greaves told the meeting: “The design doesn’t reflect the village character and there are no benefits to us.”

Many residents were also unhappy that no provision was allowed for any green space or a play area, although Brian Barden, agent for the applicant, said that one could be added as a condition.

The development was expected to increase the number of school children in the village to seven, pushing St Bridget’s School over capacity by four pupils. A report to councillors suggested that the developers should pay £51,870 towards expanding the school or funding the cost of transporting extra children elsewhere.

Elsa Brailey, head of development at Home Group, said: “Home Group consulted with the community about this development from a very early stage.

“We’re disappointed councillors did not agree with the recommendation for approval. These homes would have met a local need for social and affordable housing.

“The families in Brigham in need of social housing are not going to go away and the demand for homes is only going to grow.”

Have your say

Can someone please explain to me what Social Housing and Social Rent are?
At one time anyone on the Dole was said to be "on the social"; does this mean that the houses are for the unemployed?

Posted by Dave on 16 December 2012 at 08:17

This article doesnt mention that at the Consultation event 93% of the attendees were against the development from the start. Mrs Brailey said it was also the best attended consultation she had been to.

This article also doesnt indicate that the 10 private houses were not going to be built by Home Group and there was no consultation regarding these at the initial meeting.

Home housing were approached by the land owner and told they could have the land cheap if they managed to get building approval for the whole development.

There was also no obligatory play space.

The residents who objected are not against social housing but does not believe that houses should be put on a Greenfield site outside the village boundaries when other more suitable sites are available.

Also, the school cannot accommodate more children and it is not acceptable that 4yr old children should be taxied to other schools outside of Brigham.

And it is not possible to walk on a pavement out of the village into Cockermouth. The main road is 60mph and I would never walk on it my my child as it is too dangerous.

Posted by newbrighamer on 16 December 2012 at 01:18

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