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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Final clearance given for housing estate in Carlisle village

Work on a significant new housing development is to start within weeks.

Scotby homes photo
Artist’s impression of the new homes

Carlisle-based Story Homes has been given final clearance to start work in Scotby on the edge of the city. And an image released to The Cumberland News shows what the new 45-home scheme in the village will look like.

The development, on land behind Scotby Green Steading, is to be known as Alders Edge. Councillors granted planning permission for the development earlier this summer.

Final go-ahead has now been given after legal agreements between the developer and Carlisle City Council were signed off. Such is the demand for it, that the firm says it plans to have builders on the ground quickly.

A spokeswoman said: “We are building 45 two, three and four-bedroom properties ranging from detached, to semi detached and terraced houses.

“Construction work on site will begin in early September. Due to the large amount of interest in the properties we will pre-release a number of them for sale in October.”

There had been some objections to the development with 13 people mentioning concerns about loss of land, unsafe road systems, a lack of pedestrian crossings and fears over whether the village school – already at full capacity – could cope with an increase in pupil numbers.

But councillors voted by six to four in favour of the scheme, providing Story Homes agreed to legal obligations which have now been completed.

They include ensuring four homes are available for so-called affordable sale at 30 per cent off the open market value and that a further three would be made available for affordable rent.

The firm must also pay £50,000 to provide children’s play facilities and to maintain sports pitches. It has also to give £123,561 to Cumbria County Council towards education costs and £1,500 to Carlisle City Council for bins.

Story’s Scotby scheme is poised to come to the market at a time when hopes are rising that a rejuvenated housing market could accelerate Cumbria’s economic recovery. Land Registry figures show that, while house prices remain flat, the long-term decline in the number of sales has been reversed.

An average of 448 properties across the county changed hands each month between February and April, up from 439 per month in the same period of 2012.

Sales volumes are important to the wider economy because people are more likely to spend money on home improvements and furnishings when they move.

Story’s has also reported that sales at its landmark 850-home development at Crindledyke, on the northern edge of Carlisle, are strong and edging towards its sales target for the year just three months after they were released for sale.

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