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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Go-ahead for more than 500 new homes

PLANS for a major housing estate in Whitehaven have been unanimously approved by Copeland planners.

Councillors have praised the plans for 570 affordable homes for the area on the former Marchon site. The development is so large that space must be left for a primary school to be built if needed.

Local firm Story Homes has earmarked the land off High Road, Kells, for the development.

Councillors, at a planning panel last week, discussed the application for 139 properties, as well as additional outline planning for a further 431.

The homes are a mixture of two, three and four bedroom properties, ranging from apartments to detached houses.

Coun Alan Jacob said: “I think this is a brilliant addition to Whitehaven.”

Coun Geoff Blackwell said he was pleased the development featured affordable homes which gives local residents the opportunity to buy their own homes.

He said: “Although we already have three and four bedroom houses we also have a thing called bedroom tax and we need some affordable homes so that people can live in safely and without it affecting their money.”

Provision has also been made for open space, access to the countryside and a primary school close to the 30.9 hectare site.

Copeland planners were told that the space for a school has been allotted but Cumbria County Council would have to fund it.

The Marchon site has been gradually cleared since the factory closed in 2005. The final stage was the demolition of a former office block – the Tamar Buildings – after a joint effort from Copeland Borough Council and Story last year.

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too may houses for such a small area, soon you will not see abit of grass for all these new houses...take your huge developments elsewhere!

Posted by paul on 18 February 2014 at 16:36

I can see it now - Marzillier Avenue, Schon Crescent, Albright Road, Wilson Way...hopefully all with a lovely sea view! I'm putting my name down for one of these beauties, eat your heart out Hillcrest!

Posted by Claire Voyant on 23 December 2013 at 20:04

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