Refused 32 Home Dalton Scheme, Mullberry Homes, P Officer Report
Designs for one of the houses in Mullberry's Dalton scheme. Credit: via planning officer report

Mullberry’s 32-home Dalton scheme denied

Julia Hatmaker

Barrow in Furness Council refused the housebuilder’s application to build on land adjacent to Long Lane and Newton Road. A similar scheme on the same site from Mullberry Homes was rejected in 2018.

The proposal was to build 28 detached houses and four flats on the four-acre field.

The application was met with an “exceptionally high number of public objections” according to the Barrow in Furness planning officer. Of the 117 responses registered, 112 were against the scheme. At the council’s planning meeting on 10 August, three people voiced their objections in person as well.

Many of the objections focused on concerns over flooding, a lack of biodiversity in the scheme and traffic frustrations. It was noted that the access point to the development was on a blind spot and therefore could cause accidents.

The plan’s refusal came at no surprise, with the scheme being recommended to be denied by the planning officer. That officer said the designs for the proposed houses did not reflect the architectural language of Dalton, which features limestone rather than sandstone and red brick. The officer also noted the lack of an affordable housing component. They echoed many of the public’s qualms with the application.

In the end, the council voted unanimously on 10 August to refuse the application.

Mullberry Homes is based in Blackburn. It is not related to the North West-based Mulbury or the Warwickshire-based Mulberry Homes.

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