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Cockermouth depot homes design labelled ‘mediocre’

Plans to build 77 new homes on Cockermouth’s former county council depot site has sparked an objection from the town’s civic trust because they are “mediocre”.

‘SUBURBAN and mediocre’: Darren Ward, architectural advisor for Cockermouth and District Civic Trust

Washington Estates Limited wants to build the estate off Sullart Street.

It has pledged to use traditional materials but Darren ward, Cockermouth and District Civic Trust’s architectural advisor, called the design “suburban”.

He added: “The trust does not object to the principle of housing on this site but does object to the proposal.

“This is a missed opportunity in the middle of the town. It is a great place for a housing estate but the plans are mediocre.”

Washington Estates Limited, a subsidiary of Flimby’s Thomas Armstrong Ltd, wants to build two-storey and three-storey houses and flats, of which a quarter will be designated as affordable.

The house designs are a mixture of rendered and brick walls with concrete tiled roofs, which the firm said reflected surrounding properties.

The scheme has been supported by the town council which wants Washington Estates to pay an up-front sum for future maintenance of a play area there.

But Mr Ward said that the design was mainly suburban, did not fit with the town centre location, and that there was little that identified itself with Cockermouth.

He claimed the design did not create a pedestrian-friendly environment and provided a segregated feel in relation to Sullart Street.

The trust said that the materials had little architectural merit and that solar panels could have been used on some houses to help save energy.

It has called for an independent review by Places Matter, a panel of independent experts.

Barry Denham, director at Thomas Armstrong, declined to comment on the trust’s views.

But, he added, if the application was approved the earliest building work would start in March.

l What do you think about the designs? Tell us online at www.timesandstar. co.uk

Have your say

I agree with Jonty - that photo of me is dreadful but I can assure you I'm neither suburban nor mediocre unlike the proposed Sullart Street scheme.

If people wish to make their own assessment which Evil McBad seems to have a problem with search the Allerdale website for planning application reference 2/2012/0745. (if this board substitutes a ? mark then replace that with a forward slash).

The assertion that Evil McBad makes that the Trust wishes to rebuild a Georgian mecca is far from correct. If he took the time to see our reasons for objection he may find that is what we do not want and advocate a contemporary quality proposal not the pseudo Georgian that is proposed.

Posted by Darren Ward on 25 January 2013 at 15:18

I refer to your photo of Darren Ward with the description 'suburban and mediocre' Do you not think the label a little cruel? It may be true, but those of us that count Darren as a friend try to hide it from him!

Posted by Jonty on 25 January 2013 at 10:33

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