NEW homes are going to be built in Dalton three years after they were first proposed.

Home builder David Abbot has been faced with numerous obstacles over his plans to build the homes in Crompton Drive.

Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee has twice rejected a footpath link between Abbey Road from Crompton Drive.

After inspecting the original plans, the council removed the requirement for a footpath after putting in a tree preservation order to protect trees and a limestone wall, where the path would have been built.

Mr Abbot said: “It's a relief to finally get this sorted and take the path out of the equation. It has been frustrating that we could not start earlier but we should have the first show home ready by September.

Barrow Council was uncomfortable with the loss of trees needed to make the path and placed a tree preservation order along parts of Abbey Road.

“Council policy on all new builds is to require pedestrian access to take away the focus on car transport,” case officer Charles Wilton explained.

“The original scheme required access from Crompton Drive and showed an additional pedestrian access link to Abbey Road as part of the original scheme.”

Cllr Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Council, said: “This is the one we are all adamant on - not knocking down the wall and the trees.”

The council’s online minutes from the meeting said: “The applicant will now be informed that the council no longer requires the provision of a footpath link as this would result in the loss of trees.”