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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Developer sounds out planning bosses about Barrow 50-home proposal

A DEVELOPER is sounding out council chiefs over a plan to build a 50-home development in Barrow on farmland near two schools and a college.

Story Homes Ltd has submitted initial plans for the estate to screen the opinion of Barrow Borough Council.

Should a full planning application be submitted and approved, around 50 homes would be built on the greenfield site between Barrow Sixth Form College and Manor Road, which leads to Furness Abbey from Rating Lane.

The 2.7 hectares of agricultural land is located in the Furness Abbey Conservation Area.

The site is facing the main entrance to Chetwynde School, adjacent to the sixth form, and is close to St Bernard’s Catholic High School. The development would include areas of open space and landscaping.

Rating Lane is particularly busy with traffic at the beginning and end of school days.

The statement submitted to the council on behalf of Story Homes Ltd did not specifically address how the scheme would deal with the traffic associated with the estate.

It said: “The site comprises greenfield land, mostly in arable use, and is characterised by neighbouring residential and educational uses.

“The existing residential uses are unlikely to be significantly affected by the proposed development.”

The statement said the developer believed the project would not require a special assessment of the environment impact of the houses.

It said: “The site is located within 50 metres of Furness Abbey, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, classified as a ‘sensitive area’ within the regulations.

“However, the proposed development would not encroach within the boundaries of the Scheduled Ancient Monument and a heritage impact assessment would be carried out as part of the planning application to ensure the proposed development would not have a significant effect on the ‘sensitive area’.

“Therefore, it is considered an environmental impact assessment would not be required.”

The proposals have been met with opposition and a meeting of concerned residents is due to take place at the Abbey Mill Coffee Shop, near Furness Abbey, at 10.30am today (Thursday).

Have your say

Well, as the town is running out of pubs to knock down and build on they have to find somewhere else to get council tax?

Posted by The Sober one on 18 January 2014 at 18:50

We don't need more houses, especially here! Goodness sake. Who will buy these houses? People are struggling to make ends meet and as per, only the elitist few would be able to buy these! What we need is more community buildings, not houses. A proper shopping centre with real shops, ice rink perhaps, bowling alley etc. Make us happy, give us something to do and enjoy! We have nothing and we have more than enough properties in this town which with a bit of investment would make wonderful homes for all walks of life, not just those dripping in cash. Invest in our town centre, attract folk to come and live here first before building houses which are well out of the average Barrovian's price range. Sorry Barrow Council but you can't manage what you've already got effectively, you don't listen to your people, you bleed us dry in return for an awful service so why would you want to add to it? Disgusting.

Posted by Hannah Short on 17 January 2014 at 08:25

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