Plan to build 55 new homes in Keswick

Date: Friday 7th November 2014
The site plan for the proposed development off Brundholme Road.
The site plan for the proposed development off Brundholme Road.

KESWICK residents have the chance to view plans to build 55 new homes in the town one of the biggest developments there in recent years at a public event on Thursday.

An application by Penrith-based Atkinson Homes is to go before the Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee early next year.

The scheme includes 45 affordable and 10 market-led properties on a greenfield site off Brundholme Road, known locally as the Sheep Dog Field a site which has already been earmarked for affordable housing by the authority.

The planned properties will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroomed houses.

Barry Turner, director of Atkinson Homes, said the company had already met with authority members, as well as Keswick Town Council and Underskiddaw Parish Council.

The plans for the housing development will be on display at Keswick’s Quaker Meeting Room, between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday.

Staff from Atkinsons will be present, along with the scheme’s architect, Day Cummins.

“The site is already allocated for affordable housing and the meeting will highlight the layout and design for discussion,” said Mr. Turner.

“As has been highlighted many times, Keswick is in need of affordable housing and this development will help bridge that gap.

“If we do gain approval, hopefully in the early part of next year, it is intended that we will develop the scheme out with Impact Housing Association and Keswick Community Housing Trust.”

If the go-ahead is given 22 of the properties will belong to Keswick Community Housing Trust, which provided affordable homes for local families at The Hopes, Keswick.

Bill Bewley, chairman of Keswick Community Housing Trust, said representatives will be at the public event.

He said: “It has been a very exciting time and, although we have not signed on the dotted line as yet, we are optimistic.”

Mr. Bewley said if the scheme goes ahead it would be similar to The Hopes development, with half of the properties to rent and the remaining shared ownership.

He added: “They will not all be three-bed units we are hoping at least four will be two-bed properties and four, four-bed properties.

Twenty three of the homes would be for Impact Housing, which is one of the county’s leading landlords for supported housing. All would be for rent. The other 10 houses would be sold by Atkinson Homes on a market-led basis with local occupancy clauses.