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English Heritage need more time to comment on Maryport housing plan

English Heritage is reviewing its decision not to object to a housing development in Maryport.

Meanwhile, Maryport Town Council revealed on Monday that it would offer no objection to the Story Homes development on land off Netherhall Road, known as Deer Park, and most councillors think it will go ahead.

English Heritage, which has to be consulted as part of planning regulations, originally said it would not object to the 152-home scheme.

But the heritage body has asked for more time to consider its position because of a new environmental impact report on the scheme.

Allerdale council granted the organisation a seven-day extension to make new submissions. The deadline for submissions was last Monday.

An English Heritage spokeswoman said: “We are considering some new information submitted in relation to the proposals.”

A recent amendment to the Story Homes scheme opened up this second round of public consultation.

Bill Barnes, spokesman for the Friends of Deer Park group, which was set up to block the estate, said: “We were surprised that English Heritage did not object to the housing estate in the first place and we are delighted that they are having another look at it.”

Maryport Town Council’s planning committee, in its submission to Allerdale council, has asked for assurances that there would be no traffic problems or danger to children attending Netherhall School opposite the housing estate and that provision would be made, during construction, to ensure that school opening and closing times were not disrupted.

Angela Kendall, planning chairwoman, said: “I fully support this. Young people today don’t want to live in Victorian mid-terrace houses without gardens and garages.”

Councillor Janice Wood said: “I have no problem as long as where they are building does not impact on sewerage and drainage for other houses.”

Coun George Mitchell was the only member who spoke out strongly against the development. He said: “I am totally opposed. Our children’s safety will be compromised.”

The town council will offer no objection to the scheme, but has raised concerns about traffic and drainage.

Have your say

Without sounding facetious to the Public who are campaigning against the New Homes @ Deer Park, and i know some of them as good Friends, i believe it would be the best thing that could happen to Maryport since the Harbour(s) were dredged out way back then.
Although i work overseas Maryport is still My Hometown and i simply adore the Town and ( most ) of its Townfolk, however we, as a Town, sometimes have to accept change and i believe the New Homes would benefit the Towns Gateway, remember the outcry when Whitecroft was built but look at it now, the same could be said for the New Homes up on Elbra Farm, they simply enhance the Gate ways to the Town.
I personally would be very keen on buying one of the New Homes @ Deer Park however i am under no illusions that Mr Story is not building them for the good of the Town but i still believe they would embellish the entrance to the Town and would, in the long term, benefit the Town and its Inhabutants.

Posted by Kevin Winn on 4 February 2013 at 17:23

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