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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Anger at US woman’s plan to build home in Talkin

RESIDENTS of a picturesque fellside village are angry about a bid by a woman in the United States to build a house on their doorsteps.

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Opposition: Householders in Talkin near Brampton are opposed to plans for a new home on their doorsteps

The householders in Talkin near Brampton do not want a planning application by Anne Campbell, of Houston, Texas, to be approved.

More than 30 have signed a petition protesting against the development.

Six protest letters have also been sent to Carlisle City Council.

The house would be set over two storeys with three bedrooms and a garage.

Martin Thorne, one of the objectors, whose Park House Home sits opposite the proposed site, land at Townfoot Farm, at the entrance to Talkin.

He said: “The objection is not because the lady lives in Texas, it’s just because of where it is.

“It is a huge home and it would have a massive impact on our lives.”

His objection states that, under current planning regulations, Talkin is not somewhere suitable for this kind of development.

He and his wife also started the petition, which states that Talkin is an area of natural beauty and that the proposed development would intrude into the scenery, that the building is out of size and scale with the rest of the village, and that it would not address the need for housing in Cumbria.

Mr Thorne also said the scenic view from his home, which encompasses Talkin Tarn and the much of the surrounding countryside, would be lost if the proposed building is constructed.

“One of the reasons I bought my property was because you can see the tarn,” he added.

Mr Thorne and his wife paid more than £300,000 for their home in 2010.

He said he bought the house from Ms Campbell, the planning applicant.

Another objector is Gail Thompson, of Stackyard House.

She said: “I’m not against a development per se, it’s the plans that have been submitted.

“It’s just out of keeping with the houses that are already here.”

Mrs Thompson added that she did not think objection would have been as strong if the property was a bungalow.

Other objectors are concerned about vehicle access and the overall size of the site.

A total of 36 people have signed the petition.

The Cumberland News left messages with Ms Campbell and her agents in the UK but received no reply at time of going to press.

However, several residents said she was originally from the UK and used to regularly holiday in the village.

No decision has yet been made on the application, but the city council has been recommended to approve the plans, with some conditions attached.

It can be seen via planning.carlisle.gov.uk.

dbick@cngroup.co.uk

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