The statement is a turnaround from his previous comments on the quality of some new housing.
Nick Boles visited Carlisle this week (6th August) to attend a planning event arranged by local MP John Stevenson. Mr Boles and MP John Stevenson met with key players in the local planning and housing sectors, including Steve Errington, MD, and Ian Storey, Technical Director from Story Homes. The meeting focussed on UK planning issues and what they mean for Carlisle.
Story Homes’ flagship development in Carlisle, Crindledyke Farm, is an Urban Village, offering a number of benefits to the city and surrounding area. The site has outline planning permission for 850 properties. Work started on site in 2012, with the first occupation taking place in July 2013. Many of the properties on the first phase are already purchased or occupied. The site will also feature a school, community open space and small retail units.
Nick Boles praised the quality of Crindledyke Farm and highlighted it as an example of excellence which should be replicated throughout the industry. He said:
“I think it’s very important and very welcome that the local authority has produced their draft local plan and I hope that everybody in the community will bring forward their views about that plan.
“I have come here to support John Stevenson the local MP and in particular his campaign to get Carlisle growing. They are really making an effort to build houses that people are proud of and neighbours will be happy to have alongside them.
“What we need is responsible house builders who are willing to put a little bit of extra money into building a really beautiful development because that will mean that more people are happy to see more houses built.”