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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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92 homes on cards for Kangol site

NINETY-TWO new houses could be built on the former Kangol site in Cleator.

By Lucy Grosvenor

Office space is also proposed for the site, and a community consultation event takes place next week to gauge residents’ reaction to the major plans.

Concern has been raised about potential flooding given the site’s proximity to the River Ehen. However the developers say all flooding issues will be given consideration during the planning process.

John Blue, from North Associates, the property management company dealing with the site, said: “All possible impacts have been assessed and we are working with the Environment Agency for this project.

“We are still at the consultation stage and welcome residents’ views. We plan to create 92 homes and have a real mixture of affordable and larger properties on the plans.

“We also hope to convert Mill Building into 20,268 sq ft of offices and build 16,800 sq ft of new offices.”

Bollman Headwear, who own Kangol, chose to close the Cleator site down in March 2009 and 33 people lost their jobs.

Since then, the building has fallen into disrepair and has been targets for petty theft and vandalism.

Mr Blue added: “Our client (the current landowner) feels that now is the right to proceed with developments.”

Two years ago, there was talk of developing the land for residential and business use but this fell through.

At the consultation event, planners, architects, along with the design team and a representative from the Environment Agency will be there to answer residents’ questions. A formal planning application to Copeland Council is expected to follow.

The meeting takes place at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel, Cleator, on Wednesday, April 23 between 4pm and 7.30pm.

Have your say

One bedroomed properties ?
There is a Nationwide shortage of them.

Posted by Nicky on 17 April 2014 at 17:31

Good luck getting flood insurance.

Posted by Alan Crowe on 17 April 2014 at 13:39

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