Calderpeel Lamplugh

Copeland approves £12m greenfield houses

John Swift Homes is aiming to start on site by the summer with the construction of 26 homes in the village of Lamplugh, Cumbria, having gained planning consent despite local opposition.

The £12m scheme has been approved by Copeland Borough Council. The Calderpeel-designed homes were discussed at a planning committee before Christmas, where councillors were close to rejecting the plans after several letters of objections were received, however a decision was deferred. The objections centred around the traffic impact of new homes, the risk of flooding on the site, and the visual impact of the scheme.

The 4.5-acre site is currently greenfield and is used as agricultural land. The development will see a mix of family homes built alongside a community village hall, pavilion and formal green.

The houses are a combination of three-bedroom terraces, three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes boasting three and four bedrooms, and a farmhouse with a courtyard of barns.

Richard Moore, architect at Calderpeel Architects, said: “Lamplugh really is picturesque, so it was important to design the houses to complement their surroundings. The simple palette of materials chosen mirrors the local vernacular and provides a visually interesting informal character.

“We’ve focussed on the needs of modern day living combined with traditional Cumbrian architecture. The houses will all have open plan living areas with private gardens, dressing rooms and retreat rooms which really emphasise the luxury. We’re looking forward to seeing them complete.”

A spokesperson at John Swift Homes, added: “The vision for this development has always centred around creating a heart of the village of Lamplugh while providing a range of much needed quality and sustainable housing in the area.”

Calderpeel Architects worked alongside Alpha Design and Barnes Walker.

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