Developer’s plans for 110 houses on fringe of town

Date: Monday 12th June 2017
An impression of how the development on the outskirts of Penrith could look.
An impression of how the development on the outskirts of Penrith could look.

STORY Homes has submitted plans to Eden Council to build 110 new houses on the outskirts of Penrith, on land between the Cross Keys Inn and Hunter Hall School.

The application, which is available to view on the council’s website, outlines the proposal for 77 three and four-bedroomed market-led properties, along with 23 two and three bedroomed social housing units and 10 “intermediate” three-bed homes — those which are sold for less than the open market value. The properties will sit on a 10 hectare site alongside the A686 and to the rear of existing homes in Carleton village.

A statement from the developer said: “The site currently lies outwith the settlement boundary of Penrith. On the basis, however, of both its sustainable location and the need for Eden District Council to meet local housing targets and need, the site is considered to be appropriate for residential development.”

A drop-in for residents to find out more about the plans will be held at Penrith Rugby Club on Thursday between 5-30pm and 7pm, at which representatives from Story and Eden Council will be present to answer questions.

This follows on from a public exhibition of the plans in January, at which Story was asking for feedback. About 90 people attended and 19 feedback forms returned.

Among the issues raised were a support for the house types proposed and for traffic calming measures, but concerns about things ranging from loss of views and light pollution to the loss of the character of Carleton village, the potential impact of additional traffic on Kemplay roundabout and the need for additional services such as healthcare, which comes with new homes.

Story has also included a play area in the updated designs, as a result of feedback from Penrith Town Council. Anyone who wants to view the planning application can do so via Eden Council’s website at www.eden.gov.uk. The formal consultation period remains open until 24th June. A decision is expected some time in August.

Adam McNally, for Story Homes, said: “The scheme shall include 33 affordable homes for eligible local people, new connecting leisure walking paths and a complementary mix of 18 different house types and new landscaping.

“We are a multi-award winning developer and we retain a firm commitment and values on designing and building high quality homes and environments. As with all our schemes, the site at Carleton has been through an extensive design process.

“We have paid careful attention to the different forms of development and historic assets in the area and where possible included suggestions received by local persons and groups during a pre-application process. We have also produced a masterplan to illustrate how the wider proposed allocated housing area may come forward as an integrated and sustainable development.”