Carlisle approves 200 homes

Outline applications from Loving Land and Simtor were greenlit by the city council for projects off St Ninians Road and west of Steels Bank, respectively.

Carlisle City Council’s development control committee met on 25 February. The applications from Loving Land and Simtor were the largest on the agenda. Here’s a breakdown of each.

Land off St Ninians Road and Cammock Crescent

Loving Land has secured outline permission for building up to 132 homes on more than 7.5 acres of brownfield in Upperby Ward. A portion of the site was formerly used as a landfill, sparking concerns from neighbours regarding ground contamination.

Those concerns were addressed, to the planning officer’s satisfaction, by plans to build a cut off trench to separate the development area from the contaminated land and the creation of a remediation strategy.

Loving Land’s project calls for a mix of housing, from apartments to semi-detached homes.

The site has been the subject of several prior residential applications. Loving Land originally secured outline permission for the site in 2017, but no development was done during that timeframe as the applicants were reconsidering their plans for the land.

Prior to that, a 2007 planning application to build 132 houses had been approved but fell through prior to a section 106 agreement being signed after developer Taggart Homes Carlisle went into administration.

Telford Planning Associates is the planning consultant for the successful Loving Land application.

Want to learn more about this project? The application’s reference number with Carlisle City Council is 20/0015.

Land West Of Steele's Bank, Simtor, C Google Earth

Simtor can build up to 70 homes on the backwards-L-shaped portion of land in the centre of the image. Credit: Google Earth

Land west of Steels Bank

Simtor now has permission to develop detailed plans for up to 70 homes on nearly seven acres of greenfield in Wetheral.

The land is currently being used for grazing. Simtor said in its application that it wants to build a variety of house types on the land, including dormer bungalows, terraced houses, flats and detached homes.

The council received 41 objects to the plan, with nearby residents citing concerns over the impact such a development would have on the village and its services, as well as flooding issues.

Those concerns were not enough for planning officers, which recommended the scheme for approval. That approval would be contingent on a section 106 agreement that provided 30% affordable housing and financial contributions towards education, open space and traffic calming.

Summit Town Planning is the planning consultant for the development. The project team includes Architects Plus, Bingham Yates Limited, and Westwood Landscape.

Want to learn more about the scheme? The application’s reference number with Carlisle City Council is 21/0655.

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