Acting on behalf of Kingmoor Park Properties Limited, HOW Planning has secured outline planning approval on appeal for up to 300 new homes at Harker Industrial Estate in Carlisle; a former Ministry of Defence piece of land.

The site was allocated for residential development in Carlisle City Council’s Local Plan, but the planning application was initially refused by the Council’s planning committee, against officer recommendation. The initial decision was given on the grounds that the proposal would make an inadequate contribution towards education provision and would fail to achieve a mixed and inclusive neighbourhood due to a lack of affordable housing provision.

However, the Inspector concluded that the proposal would make an appropriate contribution towards meeting identified local housing needs, including affordable housing, resulting in outline planning approval being granted on appeal.

Says James Berggren, Senior Planner at HOW Planning: “The Inspector’s decision is welcomed and will help kick start the redevelopment of this allocated, brownfield site. It will be great to see it brought forward and developed for much needed family and affordable housing in Carlisle”.

Site plan courtesy of Architects Plus.