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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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130 new houses would destroy Dalston as a village - claim

Objectors to plans for nearly 130 new homes at Dalston have set up a network to link-up those against the proposals.

Story Homes Dalston graphic
Artist's impression of the planned development

Village resident David Wilson said they could “seek and share information” and pass it on to authorities.

Carlisle-based developer Story Homes wants to build the houses on land close to the centre of the village on fields between Station Road and Townhead Road.

The firm believes the scheme would support 60 jobs while the estate is built, and would be spread over four to five years.

But Mr Wilson claimed that following two public meetings and an exhibition on the plans, “most residents strongly objected” to the development.

“It represents a large increase in the village’s population and it could cause increased traffic and problems with road safety,” he told The Cumberland News.

“There would be pressure on school places and other infrastructure problems.

“We think this development would destroy Dalston’s status as a village.”

Mr Wilson pointed out 103 homes are due to be built at the corner of Dalston Road and Peter Lane on the outskirts of Carlisle, just a few miles from Dalston.

“We wonder who is going to buy all these houses,” he added.

On the network, Mr Wilson said: “A number of us got talking and decided we would start up a network that would give residents a voice.

“At some later date we might think it’s time to start a petition.”

Steve Errington, managing director at Story Homes, described the scheme as a “high quality, low density” development.

He said the firm’s developments brought benefits including jobs and boosts to the local economy.

“We appreciate that some people will have concerns and we recognise that this is part of a normal, consultative process,” he added.

To contact the network email wilson.anderson@talk21.com.

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