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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Sites found in bid to meet target of 4,560 new homes in 15 years

West Cumbria should brace itself for a housing boom as an extra 4,560 properties are set to be built in the area.

National housing targets mean Allerdale council has to show there is enough land available for developers to turn into estates as the population expands over the next 15 years.

The Government is keen to slash planning red tape to help stimulate the economy.

If a draft report by Allerdale council is approved, it will have identified scope for:

  • 3,359 homes in Workington and Seaton
  • 2,996 in Maryport, Aspatria and Silloth
  •  almost 3,400 spread across villages such as Flimby, Dearham, Allonby, Brigham and Broughton
  • 778 in Cockermouth.

The report makes it clear that it is only identifying sites with future development potential and does not mean planning permission would automatically be granted.

Landowners, developers and interested parties were invited to submit sites for inclusion in the report to help meet the council’s minimum target of 4,560 new homes in 15 years.

In Workington, it has identified land off Woodville Way for 109 homes, land off Ellerbeck Lane for 461 homes and an extra 300 houses at Ashfield Road.

The Corus site is the largest area, with room for 750 homes. Stainburn has land available for 80 homes.

In Seaton, land opposite Yearl Rise could accommodate 219 homes, 103 on land off Seaton Road and 42 on land to the rear of Derwent Avenue.

Flimby could take an extra 95 homes at land off West Lane and Aspatria has seven sites identified, including a plot for 78 on land next to Aspatria RUFC.

Land next to Cockermouth’s Strawberry How development could house 470 new properties and land off Castlegate Drive could fit in 145 new homes.

In Maryport, land at Glasson Industrial Estate could have potential to see 130 new homes built, 297 at Ewanrigg and 200 at Ewanrigg Hall.

Allerdale would like to see 1,520 new homes built in the next five years across the borough.

Alan Smith, leader of Allerdale council and a Cockermouth councillor, said if more homes were built in Cockermouth they had to be big developments where the town would gain something from them, such as improved infrastructure.

He said: “We have a shortage of housing but we have plans for 221 homes at the Fitz and nearly 100 on Sullart Street and that will bring a lot of people into the town.

“That will have a big impact on the local schools, doctors surgeries, and sewerage system, and we should find out where people want to see houses built to give us an idea of which places are suitable in future, but there will be implications for the community.”

Kevin Kerrigan, head of Allerdale’s development services, said: “The publication of the draft revised strategic housing land availability assessment is part of the process of preparing the new Allerdale local plan.

“It is intended to demonstrate there is enough land available within Allerdale that could potentially be developed to meet the housing growth target to be set in the local plan.

“Not all sites identified will come forward as land allocations or be the subject of future planning applications.

“It is, however, a starting point for the identification of the most appropriate sites to meet the future housing requirement for Allerdale and support sustainable economic growth.

“The draft provides confidence that this requirement can be met.

“Consultation has taken place with interested parties who have put forward sites for consideration, infrastructure providers and parish councils.

“There will be further opportunities for consultation on the local plan as the process moves forward.”

l What do you think about the report’s findings? Tell us online at www.timesandstar.co.uk

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Can I just say that the publication of this SHLAA draft was not well publisized and did not give people either not enough time to comment on it or even know about it.

Posted by Lizzy on 4 January 2013 at 00:07

I hope they will build a access road in Cockermouth, there already is far too many cars.
Look at the trouble residents have at the top of Kirkgate have.

Posted by anon on 2 January 2013 at 13:40

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