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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Dearham homes likely to be approved despite objections

Plans for a 114-home estate in Dearham are likely to be approved by Allerdale council planners.

The controversial Persimmon Homes scheme would see the houses built on land next to Newlands Park.

About 380 residents have lodged objections. They fear the estate’s impact on village roads, drains and sewers.

Allerdale council’s development panel has been recommended to approve the plans at a meeting next week, subject to a legal document that would see Persimmon Homes provide cash towards the village’s education and highways.

Protestors have been urged to attend Tuesday’s meeting at the Wave Centre in Maryport, and four residents will speak against the proposal.

Shirley Tweedie, 63, of Newlands Park, who hopes to get a chance to speak, said: “Everyone living in Dearham is against the development.

“People with children are bothered because the school is already full. Parents are up in arms because they don’t want to put their children on a bus to another school.

“There’s got to be a stopping point for new homes being built in Dearham.”

Ward councillor Louise Maguire will speak out on behalf of the residents.

A condition of the scheme’s approval would be for Persimmon to pay £341,000 to the village school for expansion to meet demand in places. However, a survey revealed that four new classrooms to meet demand would cost £566,000.

Sam Kidd, headteacher, said that in the past three years the school had seen a 36 per cent increase in pupil numbers.

It was currently full in nursery and years one, five and six and the remaining classes had limited space, she said.

She added: “As a board of directors we are vehemently opposed to pupils from the village being taken by bus elsewhere.”

Story Homes is building 78 houses in Dearham and initial plans were revealed last month for 100 new homes at Craika Farm.

Have your say

building homes is necesarry i guess but when built, they must be made affordable for local residents.the new story homes have a starting price tag of 150 thousand plus.. how can a local first time buyer afford that.It means outsiders are coming in and buying these homes.. I think that the story homes project is enough for this already overcrowded village.

Posted by dave taylor on 12 May 2013 at 09:57

why dont the planers listen to people,busing the kids out to other towns/villages,overloaded sewage systems,traffic increase,all makes sense to me,but not the planners,whos pushing there buttons....

Posted by Bill on 11 May 2013 at 00:53

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