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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Thomas Armstrong wants to build 35 homes in Bothel

The number of housing developments in north Allerdale continues to rise with more plans submitted for homes to address a “historic undersupply”.

The plans, submitted to Allerdale council on behalf of Thomas Armstrong Ltd, are for 35 new homes in Bothel.

This is in addition to North Homes Limited applying for 74 new houses in Wigton with more to follow.

Affordable homes would make up 20 per cent of the total Bothel development.

A statement on behalf of Thomas Armstrong Limited says: “The proposal represents sustainable development that complies with the overriding principles set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

“New residential development in Bothel will contribute to addressing the historic undersupply of housing that currently exists.

“The proposal delivers a unique opportunity to sustain and promote a mixed and vibrant community through the delivery of a high-quality residential development.”

The Thomas Armstrong plans follow comments from the directors of North Homes Limited, who say that the future for Wigton and the surrounding area is bright.

Director Mark Walker said that investment in an area like Wigton was one of the drivers that would help take the country out of a recession. He added that it was a particularly crucial time due to Allerdale Council’s incoming draft plan, which will shape housing and commercial developments for the next 15 years.

The Bothel development would be on around 1.4 hectares of land at Old Chapel Close. The plans are for a mix of bungalows, semi-detached and detached dwellings at a density of around 25 a hectare.

The statement to Allerdale adds: “In line with the NPPF the proposed development will widen housing choice of high quality homes and widen opportunity for home ownership thus improving people’s quality of life in line with sustainable development objectives.

“There are no adverse impacts of approving the proposed development that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the policies in the NPPF.”

A consultation event regarding the plans was held at St Michael’s School to gather information and feedback from residents and those who work in Bothel.

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