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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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More support sought in fight for Deer Park

Protestors against plans for a 152-home estate in Maryport are urging people to back their cause as they say they will not give up the fight.

They want townsfolk to write to the Government to object to a Story Homes proposal for the estate at Deer Park, off Netherhall Road.

The scheme was approved last week by Allerdale council’s development panel, despite a 2,059-name petition and 203 letters objecting to the plan.

But the decision may not be final as the Government may call for a public inquiry.

Allerdale council has to submit its paperwork on the application to the Government, which will have 21 days to consider the plans.

The council’s decision could then be scrutinised by a public inquiry, if the Government deems it necessary because of the scheme’s broader significance.

If that does not happen, then the protest group Friends of Deer Park has pledged to raise £10,000 needed for a judicial review of the decision.

Bill Barnes, of the Friends of Deer Park, said protestors were grateful to have another chance to fight the council’s decision.

Shaun Ritson, also of the friends group, added: “In the meantime we are urging everyone who has an opinion on Deer Park to write, whether it is about highway issues, drainage of the proximity of the land to archaeological sites of at least regional if not international importance, or just because they believe there is no need or justification to build on this green field site.”

Story Homes declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the online response to the housing estate at www.timesandstar. co.uk has been largely positive.

Chris Fisher posted: “Well done to the council for seeing sense.

“This will mean on average an extra 300 people living in the town, so extra money for local shops and pubs.”

Michael posted: “ As a Maryport resident for over 30 years I’m in favour of this development.

“We need to grow as a town and hopefully this will bring new people into the area and they will spend money in the town which is needed.

“The Friends of Deer Park are obviously not in the majority as only 2,000 people signed the petition out of 10,000 residents. Get them built as soon as possible please.”

Elaine posted: “I am looking at this as an employment chance. Not only will the employees of Story benefit, but so will the local supply chain and apprentices from college.”

John posted: “I have lived in Maryport all my life and I think it’s a good idea to build there and keep the town centre and school alive.”

Anyone wishing to make a submission – either for or against the application – should write to National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Philips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2PW.

l Tell us what you think at www.timesandstar.co.uk

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