Petition launched over new plans for Cockermouth bungalows
Published at 15:21, Friday, 13 September 2013
New plans to build two homes in Cockermouth have prompted a fresh petition from neighbours.
Dorothy Pritchett wants to build two three-bedroom bungalows off Towers Lane.
An application was made earlier in the year to build a house and a bungalow on the site but was later withdrawn.
At the time neighbours compiled a 200-name petition against the scheme because of concerns over the height and floor space of the buildings.
Despite the new application for smaller homes, neighbours are still unhappy.
They say that the floor space and height of the bungalows are still an issue and would spoil the views from their homes.
Brian Coley, 64, of Towers Lane, said the planned bungalows would be 30 per cent bigger than the existing homes on the street.
He said: “Although they did make some effort to meet our complaints, they have made slight changes and we will be opposing the application.
“The bungalows are out of scale with the existing properties. They haven’t taken into consideration the feelings of the people around. They haven’t discussed it with anyone.”
He added that the driveways of the proposed bungalows would come out on a bend in the road, which could be dangerous.
Malcolm Irving, 55, of Towers Lane, claimed he had been told that the new buildings would knock between £20,000 and £25,000 off the value of his home.
He added: “They are going to get uninterrupted views of the fells to the cost of six other houses.”
Mr Coley said that when the estate was built in the 1960s, residents were promised that there would be no development on the agricultural field because it was considered to be the boundary of Cockermouth.
The petition will be handed to Cockermouth Town Council when it meets on Wednesday.
Four neighbours have written letters of objection to Allerdale council.
Mrs Pritchett was unavailable for comment last night.
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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