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Proposed new development in Cockermouth would create jobs and housing

June 2014

Plans for a new quality housing development in Cockermouth will bring a number of key benefits to the area.

Proposed Strawberry How development, Cockermouth

Proposed Strawberry How development, Cockermouth

Award winning Story Homes has submitted plans for up to 320 new homes on land at Strawberry How in the town.

The plans are to provide a wide range of quality houses in a sensitively planned and attractive environment that will offer an excellent choice in the housing market and help meet latent housing needs, including up to 40% affordable housing.  Throughout the life span of the development, hundreds of new jobs would be created both directly through Story Homes and indirectly through the local supply chain and sub contractors.

Following two public consultations in May and September last year, Story Homes has refined its plans.  In line with feedback, Story Homes has addressed key concerns and is able to demonstrate a negligible impact upon the highway network.  A package of measures is proposed to promote site accessibility including new bus service and a range of pedestrian and cycle route improvements to connect the site with the surrounding area.

The development has been sensitively designed around the Tom Rudd Beck blue corridor, nearby local communities and the open countryside beyond.  The proposed Tom Rudd Beck blue corridor together with new bridge crossing will provide an attractive setting for all users. Drainage will be attenuated through use of SUDs to provide plentiful capacity beyond existing run off rates and also to accommodate a future climate change increase. New landscaping and river management with enable a more secure environment for biodiversity to flourish.

Adam McNally, Development Planner for Story Homes said: “We have been attentively formulating our plans over the last few years, working alongside community and residents groups alike.  We have responded to concerns and aspirations raised and put forward a scheme of truly high quality that will positively assimilate into the area and bring a wide range of tangible economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Story Homes has a reputation for building high quality developments with stunning street scenes which are sympathetic with the surroundings. The nearby Mabel Wood development in Great Clifton sold out more than a year ahead of schedule thanks to demand for high quality and affordable homes.

Story Homes has recently won awards from The UK Property Awards, naming two developments among some of the best in the UK. They also received a House Builders Federation award for Five Star Customer Care, scoring higher than many of national competitors in the industry.