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Sales for Derwent Rise are set to begin in the summer. Credit: via 32West

Genesis aims for spring start on 99 Cumbria homes

With planning permission in hand, the housebuilder is ready to construct a new neighbourhood in the village of Seaton near Workington.

Genesis Homes’ vision for the site off Causeway Road includes a mixture of bungalows, semi-detached, and detached houses. Of the 99 homes proposed, 18 are to be designated affordable. These comprise 12 two-bed and six three-bed semi-detached houses. Half of these homes will be offered for a discounted sale price, while the other half will be available for affordable rent. All 18 have been ringfenced for local residents.

The Seaton project, known as Derwent Rise, is a combination of two different sets of planning applications. The first was for five homes, which secured reserved matters approval in November 2021. The second, also a reserved matters application was voted on during Cumberland Council’s planning committee meeting on 31 January. This one was for 94 homes on a site that had been granted outline consent for 100.

The newest application calls for 40 four-bed homes, 38 with three bedrooms, 13 with two, and three with five, according to designs by Ergo Projects.

During that same planning meeting, Genesis also secured approval for an attenuation pond to help with drainage in Derwent Rise.

Nicky Gordon, chief executive of Genesis Homes, said that the company was committed to being a responsible developer and working with local communities. The attenuation pond is part of that mission.

“Installing an attenuation pond as part of our upcoming project will help to alleviate flooding experienced elsewhere in the area, and will effectively serve the housing development sites,” he said.

“Our Derwent Rise development in Seaton has been sensitively designed to complement the amazing character of the wider village, and we are pleased to be providing much-needed new homes to local residents,” Gordon continued.

“The development will include 18 affordable homes to help local people find their dream home or get on the property ladder, and we are looking forward to being embedded within the Seaton community.”

With construction set to start in spring, Genesis is shooting for a summer sales launch for the first homes.

Freeths is the planning consultant for the project. Envirotech is leading on ecology and biodiversity net gain. Campbell Reith is the drainage strategist. Westwood Landscape is also on the project team.

You can learn more about the 94-home application by searching reference number RMA/2023/0007 on Cumberland Council’s Allerdale planning portal. Information on the drainage system can be found by searching FUL/2023/0212.

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