Workington housing estate refused but Clifton plan approved
Last updated at 20:56, Thursday, 15 March 2012
Decisions over plans for two controversial housing estates in the Workington area were made this week.
Allerdale council’s development panel refused a Story Homes application to build a 150-home estate off Moor Road, Stainburn.
Meanwhile, plans for a 46-home estate at Great Clifton by Story Homes were approved at the same meeting on Tuesday.
About 20 Stainburn residents attended the meeting as councillors voted against an officers’ recommendation for approval.
It was said that the development was of an inappropriate scale, on land outside a settlement boundary and would cause an adverse impact to highway safety.
A Story Homes spokeswoman said the firm was surprised and disappointed at some comments made at the meeting about the Stainburn scheme but had no further comment.
A 307-name petition against it was handed to the council, which also received 123 letters of objection.
Luke Vile, of Moorland Drive, told the meeting he believed the development would bring an extra 300 vehicles a day through Stainburn.
He added: “I feel very strongly that this has been imposed on us without any regard to the people who live there.”
Three further residents and ward councillor Mark Fryer told of concerns about road safety, flooding and an inadequate sewerage system.
Cumbria Constabulary also lodged a concern about road safety.
Representatives from Story Homes said the site had been marked as a potential housing site for some time and highlighted the council’s shortfall in five-year housing supply.
They said United Utilities agreed there was sufficient capacity for surface water and foul drainage and that there were no suitable brown field sites in Workington which could be used as an alternative.
Meanwhile, the Great Clifton plans for land off Moor Road split councillors, with approval coming down to the casting vote of chairman, Coun Peter Bales.
Approval was subject to a legal agreement to secure seven proposed affordable homes and maintenance of protected woodland.
A spokeswoman for Story Homes said: “We are pleased that planning permission has been granted for our site at Great Clifton.
“The development will assist Allerdale council in reaching its housing targets and will bring new open market and affordable homes to a sustainable settlement.”
The council received a 100-name petition and 69 letters of objection. It received two letters of support.
After the meeting, objector Christopher Breen said: “We are more than disappointed but not remotely shocked by the outcome.”
The scheme includes five two-bedroom houses, 20 three-bedroom houses and 21 four-bedroom houses in a mix of detached, semi-detached and linked houses with one terrace of three houses.
First published at 19:23, Thursday, 15 March 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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