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100 construction jobs secured

July 2011

Approximately 850 homes will be built which will secure 100 construction jobs over the next 20 years. As well as new housing the scheme will incorporate improvements to the local environment, education facilities in the form of a new Primary School, and infrastructure upgrades.

“This is a major step towards a new future for this area of our city and goes a long way in helping to meet the shortfall in housing provision across Carlisle,” said Fred Story, Chief Executive of Story Group. “This development offers a unique opportunity to build a major housing scheme next to one of Carlisle’s prominent employment sites providing for a live-work balance and sustainable living, north of the river. We have committed to fund a new Primary School, community facilities, affordable housing and extensive highway works which highlight our commitment to this important scheme. The project will be a real boost for Carlisle and the surrounding area, benefitting the whole community.

“There are so many good things about this scheme. We would employ 100 people on site for about 20 years and there would be more jobs created off site including window suppliers, concrete suppliers, aggregate suppliers, tarmac suppliers and so on. As a local company we use local suppliers as much as possible.”

The Crindledyke development includes £11.6m of much needed ‘affordable housing’ administered through social landlord Riverside Housing Association. Mally Irving said “Riverside is committed to delivering affordable housing in Carlisle and is acutely aware that Carlisle City Council’s target to provide 72 affordable units per year has not been met. The proposed development would see homes available for rent through a housing association as well as homes available for low cost ownership. This would be the largest development of affordable housing in the area.”

As well as helping to meet the shortfall in Carlisle City Council’s housing target the scheme at Crindledyke will help to deliver economic growth and promotes confidence in the city.

Construction is expected to start in 2012 with an estimated build rate of 60 units per year. .

Story Homes has been building in Cumbria and South West Scotland for nearly 25 years. The Cumbria-based house builder consistently wins awards for its’ housing developments including ‘Scottish House of the Year’ and ‘Small House builder of the Year’ in the Scottish Homes awards, Daily Mail UK Property awards for their new build developments in Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway, and in the last week received news that they have been short listed for a House builder magazine ‘Customer Satisfaction’ award.