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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Story plans another 310 homes on edge of Carlisle

Story Homes wants to build another 310 homes on the northern edge of Carlisle.

Story Homes plan
The plot at Greymoorhill in north Carlisle

The company is pushing ahead with two sites at Greymoorhill and Houghton and is consulting nearby residents before tabling planning applications.

The Greymoorhill plot, on open fields north of California Road and James Rennie School, would accommodate 200 homes with access from Kingstown Road.

A third would be designated as “affordable”, available for rent or for sale to locals at a discounted price.

Story expects the site to be earmarked for housing in Carlisle City Council’s 2015-30 local plan.

It says the scheme would “sensitively create a new landscaped approach to the city” and that its planning application will include “proportionate proposals” to meet extra demand for school places.

The second site, at Hadrian’s Camp, already has outline permission for 110 homes which was secured last year.

Story says the scheme will have “an attractive mix of house types” with open space, “sensitively designed and constructed to retain the character of the village”.

A quarter of the homes will be designated as affordable.

It will table a detailed application imminently and expects to start work next summer, building around 30 homes a year.

Adam McNally, development planner for Story Homes, said: “We are giving the communities at Greymoorhill and Houghton the opportunity to help us positively shape our proposals from the outset.

“The aim is to achieve the best possible design and solutions for all interests.”

The schemes are further evidence of a house-building boom in Carlisle fuelled by the Government’s Help to Buy initiative, which assists buyers who struggle to raise a big enough deposit.

Story Homes said last year that a third of its sales were coming through Help to Buy.

The Carlisle-based firm builds across northern England and southern Scotland.

It sold 150 homes in 2012-13, rising to 240 in the last financial year. It is on target to sell 400 in 2014-15.

Story has four other sites in the Carlisle area.

It started work at Crindledyke Farm, also to the north of city, last year and has already sold 47 properties. Ultimately, it will build 850 homes and a primary school there.

It has sold another seven at The Ridings, a new 318-home development at Blackwell, plus 29 properties at Alders Edge in Scotby and 14 at The Grange, another new scheme in Dalston.

It has consent for 45 homes at Scotby and 121 in Dalston.

Persimmon Homes is also stepping up construction at its sites in Carlisle.

These include Brackenleigh, off Wigton Road, and Teasdale Place on the site of the old Penguin factory in Denton Holme. Persimmon’s upmarket subsidiary, Charles Church, is building 103 homes at the corner of Dalston Road and Peter Lane.

And Persimmon has a planning application pending for 176 homes at Carleton Farm, on the southern edge of the city.

Carlisle City Council believes that 650 new homes need to be built each year to meet the demand housing.

The public have until August 11 to comment on the Greymoorhill proposals, and until August 22 for Hadrian’s Camp. Visit www.storyhomes.co.uk – for more information.

Have your say

spot on Betty and the latest land is owned by the council. They probably need the money to pay their Golden hand shakes to more retiring executives. There's loads of land West of the new bypass which would be perfect for building . But maybe that's not the point!?

Posted by Fred on 11 August 2014 at 08:10

Sounds like angelangel46 is no angel.
Mr Story doing Carlisle a favour! of course he is, theirs no profit in building these houses at all, Don't kid yourself;are you sure your not related?

Posted by betty on 9 August 2014 at 18:32

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