Green light for Culgaith homes proposal

Date: Friday 26th May 2017

OUTLINE planning permission for two new homes at Culgaith has been granted at appeal, overturning a previous refusal by Eden District Council.

The planning application was made by Mr. Bates for two new dwellings on land at Pea Foot, but was refused by Eden Council in September. The matter went to appeal and was considered by planning inspector Nicholas Taylor.

An appeal decision, presented to Eden’s planning committee, stated that outline permission had been sought for two linked, single-storey dwellings, with all matters expect the means of access reserved for future determination.

The site is part of a field on the edge of Culgaith, on the corner of a steep hill leading into the village.

Arguments were put forward that the site does not form part of the village but Mr. Taylor noted the ongoing construction of the nearby Otters Holt 65-house development.

Eden planners had claimed the proposed site was separated from that settlement by an adopted road and narrow track, but this was not upheld by the inspector.

Further concerns had also been raised regarding the future precedent approval of the plans may set, a potential threat to wildlife, and in relation to access to the site.