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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Developer behind controversial Barrow housing estate defends project

THE developer hoping to build a controversial 50-home estate on farmland near an historic landmark has defended its plans.

Story Homes has spoken for the first time about its proposals for up to 50 new homes on land at Manor Road/ Rating Lane, Barrow.

Almost 1,500 people have signed a petition to stop the development on the greenfield site next to Barrow Sixth Form College and leading to Furness Abbey.

Story Homes, which screened the opinion of Barrow Borough Council earlier this year, has defended the proposal and revealed it plans to submit a full planning application this summer.

Staff were also due to be at a drop-in consultation event to discuss the project at the Abbey House Hotel between 2pm and 8pm Thursday March 7 2014. A campaign group, with 835 Facebook likes, is concerned about the development’s proximity to the abbey and traffic issues, with the college, Chetwynde and St Bernard’s schools all nearby.

But David Hayward, development planner for Story Homes, said: “We are aware of the objections raised on our proposals for this important site and acknowledge these are valid concerns, and they will be addressed through the planning application process, and through consultation with the public, the council and English Heritage.

“We place great emphasis on ensuring our developments respect local character and enhance the landscape and setting so each development is unique.

“We are confident a scheme can be developed that will respect the landscape and setting of the site, including the Furness Abbey and the park wall.”

Story Homes said the development would provide a range of high quality, large, family housing, which, it said, is in short supply in the area and would help the council achieve its housing requirement.

It said there would be a mixture of detached and semi-detached homes to meet “the increasing demand for executive housing” in Barrow to cater for people employed in “professional” and “managerial” posts who do not already live in the borough.

The firm said the development would secure and create jobs locally, directly and indirectly.

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