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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Cumbrian business tycoon's holiday homes plan

Business tycoon Philip Day – the owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill – wants to build holiday homes in the grounds of his castle at Corby Hill.

Philip Day photo
Philip Day

The multi-millionaire has lodged plans with Carlisle City Council to build four holiday lets in the grounds of Edmond Castle.

The castle currently has three holiday lets – Peele Tower, Cherry Tree cottage and Lake View cottage.

A report prepared by a specialist holiday letting company says the existing lets indicate “a demand for such accommodation” in the area.

George Cummins, director of architects Ashwood Design, said Mr Day wanted to secure the future of the estate.

“The strategy therefore is to develop the estate as a leisure business focusing particularly on holiday lets, both as weekly and long term,” he said.

Seven neighbours in Garden Walk have objected. Margaret Hubert said she was “appalled”, citing fears over the effect on wildlife and her potential loss of privacy.

“I have lived here for a long time and love the wildlife in and around my garden,” she said. “It is clear from the plans that several large trees would have to be felled, completely altering the whole look of the area near my home.

“I feel that my privacy will be gone as these houses will be overlooking my house.

“The extra noise and disturbance of four, three bedroomed properties will be considerable and completely alter the atmosphere of where I live.”

Angela Addison said the neighbours in Garden Walk had been there since 1994 and it was populated by a “stable community of families.” She said the holiday lets would change the character of the road and potentially compromising security.

Other neighbours echoed concerns about the trees being felled and houses not in-keeping with the character of the area.

Hayton parish council said they did not have any comments to make.

The city council is due to debate the plans at a meeting this morning.

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