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Maryport protest group fights plan for 152 homes

A protest group has been set up in Maryport against plans by Story Homes to build a 152-home estate on land off Netherhall Road.

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Sixty people attended a meeting on Monday, arranged by the Senhouse Roman Museum.

They formed the Friends of Deer Park group, and a petition has been launched against the plans.

Petition forms are already available across the town.

Peter Greggains, chairman of the Senhouse Museum Trust, said: “The reaction at the meeting was very strong.

“People mentioned the safety of children at the school and the archeological impact.

“We called the meeting very hastily, gave people 24 hours notice with no advertising so it spread by word of mouth. We wanted to see how people felt and from the numbers it showed there was a very strong feeling against the proposals.

“If we suddenly find the Roman story spreads further than we thought we are not going to be able to dig under a house.”

Bill Barnes, chairman of Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, who attended the meeting, said: “Maryport’s future is not with a quick-fix short-term solution of adding extra houses and bringing in outsiders, but with its Roman heritage.

“The latest excavations have been rewriting history and who knows what will be lost if Deer Park is developed for housing.”

Mr Greggains said he planned to contact the town council to arrange a public meeting about the homes.

A spokesman for Story Homes said: “Our planning application has been prepared in full consultation with the local community.

“There have been several months of discussions with statutory consultees including English Heritage, who have offered no objections.

“We have held a series of public meetings and consultations with local residents.

“There is a great deal of interest in this project from local people who want new homes built by a reputable local company.”

He said an element of affordable housing in the scheme would help local people get a step on to the property ladder.

It would support local services and schools, create local jobs and bring benefits to the Maryport economy.

Celia Etty, 72, of Fleming Square, and Kelly Davis, 52, of Camp Road, attended the meeting on Monday.

Mrs Etty said: “It will damage the main entrance into Maryport.

“Story Homes see it as a commercial development, but we see it is an amenity and that is the difference.

“It will result in urban sprawl, set a precedent and when will it end?”

Mrs Davis added: “There are plenty of other sites to build houses in the town especially the harbour area.”

The county council’s development committee will consider the plan on Monday.

Members have been recommended not to object, providing that Allerdale council is satisfied there are no brown-field sites which could be used.

Have your say

For god sake. let them build what the hell they want, it's not like it's going to become a eyesore. stop protesting and do something useful with your lives, if you want to contribute to the community raise money for charity or otherwise similar activities.

Posted by Dean on 4 October 2011 at 11:45

Everyone keeps banging on about the harbour because if you do the research, the land is owned by Maryport Developments whose own website states "shareholding of the company belongs to the public sector" - it is land which all of us have paid for in our taxes, the land around the docks should be released for proper affordable social housing.

Posted by maryport ex-pat on 3 October 2011 at 21:09

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