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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Ruling ends four-year fight over Maryport's Deer Park

A four-year battle by some Maryport residents to prevent a 152-home estate being built on land off the town’s Netherhall Road has been lost.

Story Homes wants to build the estate on land known as Deer Park, opposite Netherhall School.

An application for a judicial review into the proposal was turned down by the High Court this week.

The application was from a group of townsfolk who have been fighting the plan since it was first lodged.

Bill Barnes, 75, chairman of the Friends of Deer Park protest group, said the judgement marked the blackest day in his time in the town.

People have been given seven days to lodge their own appeal against the High Court decision, but Mr Barnes said it was unlikely.

He said: “The fight is over for us.”

Story Homes said it would not comment on the decision until the seven-day appeal period had passed.

Mr Barnes added: “Maryport people and many from outlying areas should prepare for disruption, traffic chaos, real danger to Netherhall School users, loss of wildlife, loss of the lovely approach to our town from the north, more flooding, an influx of less than welcome strangers and a breakdown of the unique Maryport character and culture which we all love.

“In the 1960s proposals for any development there were turned down because of traffic issues.

“There are far more cars now going at twice the speed and yet this has been allowed. I cannot understand it.”

Maryport councillors Peter Kendall and Martin Wood, who sit on Allerdale council’s development panel, had been personally criticised for failing to support the scheme’s opponents, who gathered 2,500 signatures on a petition.

Coun Kendall said there had to be legal planning reasons to turn down an application.

He added: “The application from Story Homes was the most comprehensive I have ever come across. Every aspect was covered.

“If either Martin or I could have voted against it on legal grounds, we would have.”

Have your say

Did he really say " an influx of less than welcome strangers"!

Posted by Mason on 6 April 2014 at 19:30

Mt Kendal has again shown his clear support fr Story's as he did from the start. Using the decision's legality is a pethetic excuse he rolls out to defend his indefensible position. He voted for the plans not against, nor did he abstain and at the meeting it was he who said councillors should ignore the 2,500 signature petition. When, not if, there is a child injured I hope it weighs on his conscience for ever but highly unlikely considering his performance to date.

Posted by Bill Barnes on 6 April 2014 at 18:58

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