A DECISION will be made by the Local Authority today on whether to greenlight plans for 99 homes.

Copeland Borough Council's planning panel meets at The Copeland Centre in Whitehaven today.

The public meeting will see councillors give a verdict on a number of planning applications submitted for the area.

One of the applications up for consideration is a plan to build 99 homes on land at Low Road in Whitehaven.

The application has been submitted by Astime Properties Limited and is a reduction from the previous scheme approved at the site.

In their Design and Access Statement, the applicant said: "The proposed dwellings are to be a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed detached and semi-detached units.

"The development has been designed to take advantage of the slope across the site which falls to meet Low Road on its eastern boundary. This will allow the inclusion of a variation in heights of between 2 and 3 storeys."

The layout will provide several areas of open space and landscaping. An open space nearest to Low Road will provide an attenuation pond which will be used to control surface water run-off from the site."

In a response to the applicant, Cumbria Highways said: "The carriageway and footways at the proposed access are considered wide enough to allow and given the location of the internal junction loop road in relation to the access off the B5345 there is no longer a requirement for an EVA.

"The proposed speed humps located around the development to reduce speeds need to be replaced with speed tables, this can be secured through condition."

The application has been amended to address concerns about surface water design, attenuation and the county highway design.

The applicant added: "It has recently been confirmed through site investigation works that the off site surface water culvert originally proposed is in part collapsed and being on third party land cannot be relied upon as the method of discharge the attenuated surface water into Pow Beck."

Planning documents state that townsfolk have been made aware of the intended development by way of a site notice, press notice and neighbour notification letters.

Residents can view and comment on all planning applications submitted to the council via the planning portal.

To view planning applications and have your say, visit: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/planning