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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Planning chiefs urged to refuse Barrow housing bid

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build more than 120 new Barrow homes has been recommended for refusal ahead of the crunch decision-making meeting next week.

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CHARLES WILTON

Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee will vote on the proposal for the major housing development and access roads on fields north of Sherborne Avenue, off Flass Lane in Barrow.

The site is on land beyond the already-developed area – sandwiched between Mill Beck and the railway line.

The committee will gather in Barrow Town Hall on Tuesday and have been recommended by planning officer Charles Wilton to reject the application for outline planning permission.

Mr Wilton has identified several faults with the plans, submitted by the Lancashire-based Mulberry Homes. In his report for the meeting, he said the scheme was “dominated by an overly-engineered geometric highway”.

The proposal was described as “merely scattering random house types” and Mr Wilton concluded the development would be harmful to the character of the area.

Seven residents have written to the council to express concern. They all share concerns over access.

One Sherborne Avenue resident said: “Sherborne Ave is already getting congested with all the new developments still not occupied. This is the only way in and out for the proposed development.”

Another said: “I am very concerned about how much busier and congested Sherborne Avenue is going to become.”

But in its application to the council, Mulberry Homes insists the plans were acceptable and all car parking issues would be carried out in accordance with Cumbria Highways.

It said: “The site is readily available and deliverable. It would fit seamlessly into the surrounding area and merely become an extension of what is already there, while providing infill between the existing site already built and the Yarlside Road area.

“Developments such as these will provide much-needed growth for the community and form much-needed housing for local families.”

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