Plans for a new 20-home estate in Whitehaven are being recommended for approval.

The outline application is proposing to build the houses built behind Castle Lea, on Flatt Walks.

The proposal is due to go before Copeland Borough Council’s planning panel this afternoon.

It would include a mix of two and three bedroom properties, with an element of affordable housing.

The existing buildings on the site behind the Castle pub, look set to be demolished to make way for the estate, with one retained as a vehicle repair garage.

Work is also needed to upgrade the road at its junction with Flatt Walks to allow for two cars to pass towards the site, with pavements also to be added.

Two nearby property owners said they welcomed housing on the site but also raised concerns regarding the addition of a no access zone outside The Castle pub.

They also queried how deliveries could be made to the pub and about emergency access and parking spaces.

But after further consultation with the applicant, no further objections were raised.

Whitehaven town councillor Graham Roberts said he applauded the idea of bringing more homes into the town centre - as long as the access to the main road was improved.

“The scheme looks good providing the access is improved,” said coun Roberts. “We need good quality housing and affordable housing.

“As the regeneration of Whitehaven goes on it is a great idea to build more homes in the town centre.

“I think we have enough out of town developments ongoing at the moment so it is great to see some in the centre.”

The proposal is up for recommendation with some conditions regarding affordable housing, access and drainage.