A PLAN to build 335 new family homes on an existing development in Whitehaven has been approved by Copeland Borough Council.

Story Homes has received the blessing of the borough council’s planning panel for a third phase of expansion at the Edgehill Park development.

The company submitted the application in November 2020 and as anticipated received the verdict at the council’s planning panel on Wednesday.

Senior Development Planner, David Hayward, said: “We are delighted that the Copeland Borough Council’s Planning Panel has granted approval for a third phase of homes at Edgehill Park, a development that has been popular with our customers to date.

“This new phase of homes will support existing local businesses and help create additional employment through new opportunities for local sub-contractors and the supply chain. We look forward to bringing more of our high quality homes to the area.”

Homes will be from the Story Collection with two, three, four and five bedroom houses on offer.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The scheme will have benefits for the local economy during the construction phase as a result of direct and indirect employment opportunities through the sub-contractors and supply chains, as well as an increased demand for local services when the new houses are occupied.”

The application reveals that off highway parking spaces are proposed for each new property.

Story Homes also proposed formal and informal visitor parking spaces adjacent to and within the carriageways.

During the determination period, they withdrew a proposed scheme for surface water with the intention of submitting the plan as a separate application.

The development is also set to include a play park in the latest works.