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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Plans for new development on Carlisle estate

Plans for the £1 million transformation of a former sheltered housing complex will be lodged within weeks.

Housing association Riverside has unveiled new proposals to create homes at Arnside Court on Carlisle’s Harraby estate.

Demolition work of the building currently standing there is due to start soon.

Talks about the plans for 10 houses and bungalows for rent that the developer wants to replace Arnside Court with were held with residents this week.

Staff charged with leading the scheme for the social landlord say reaction to the proposals was positive.

Project supervisor David Robinson said: “We are hoping to submit a planning application for the new scheme proposals within the next few weeks, with a view to getting a decision in the spring. Permission has already been obtained to demolish the current property and work will commence on this imminently.

“We hope to start work on the new homes in the early summer, subject to gaining the appropriate planning consents.”

Riverside, Carlisle’s biggest social landlord, tabled different plans to transform Arnside Court, on Arnside Road, last year.

At that time, they involved remodelling the building – previously used as accommodation for the elderly – into 14 new homes.

But that scheme proved unviable and the landlord went back to the drawing board.

Mr Robinson added: “While we were hoping to retain the original building, it became apparent the previous scheme was going to be unviable due to a number of factors, including financial constraints.

“The new proposal allows us with greater freedom to meet demand with the inclusion of two and three-bedroom family housing and bungalows, with greater living space and gardens.

“The new homes will also achieve higher levels of energy efficiency. They will therefore have lower running costs for our new tenants.”

Arnside Court has stood empty since its previous residents were moved out.

Use of the building stopped because the sheltered accommodation did not meet modern standards.

Arnside Court is one of a number of redevelopment schemes Riverside is currently involved with as it aims to modernise its housing stock.

In Botcherby, four blocks of flats are set to be demolished and replaced with new homes in a £1.1m revamp.

If the plan is given permission, the land would instead be used for 11 new homes – a mix of both two- and three-bedroomed houses and two-bedroomed bungalows.

Riverside is also closing its sheltered housing scheme at Ladywell, Longtown. The facility is only currently half full.

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