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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Old Barrow scrapyard site set for green light for 62 homes

PLANS for a huge new housing estate look set to get the go-ahead.

The proposed project would see 62 homes built on a former scrapyard site on Holker Street, opposite the Barrow AFC football ground.

The properties would be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached two to four-bedroom houses.

Planning permission for the 62 homes is being sought by Modlar and the Brookhouse Group.

Their application is due to be considered by Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee today.

Phil Huck, the council’s regeneration director, is recommending that councillors grant the application.

However, this is subject to conditions and the applicants entering into a section 106 agreement to create a specified area of public open space on the site and to give it to the council. Andrew Brown, planning manager for the Brookhouse Group, based in Sale, has told the Evening Mail: “It would reuse a brownfield site in a pretty central location within the town.

“Hopefully it will attract new people to the area.

“It will improve the existing housing stock in the town. I think those are the three main benefits that we’d hope to bring forward on the site.”

Asked why they were planning to build houses during the downturn in the housing market, he replied: “There are still opportunities out there and we see this as being one.”

Tuesday’s planning committee meeting is due to start at 2.30pm. The public can attend.

Have your say

Why build some cheap housing in an area that is already plagued by trouble and crime. The houses will no doubt be full of jobless young adults who have been brought up to assume their role in society is to produce children by the dozen. Why not TRY and do something good for the town and re think the building of new houses on the site. surely there must be a more worthwhile cause.

Posted by arthur on 29 July 2009 at 14:27

Ridiculous comments by "concerned about barrow"! Has he or she not read the article? This is not 'green land' or school playing fields but a former industrial site going to waste and a new development of decent housing will improve a poor-looking area of the town.

The planning department does not build anything. Individuals and businesses do that and the planners simply decide whether their applications meet national and local standards and policies then make appropriate recommendations to the elected members who take the final decision.

As for the Channelside walk, it only came about as a by-product of the development of the former ironworks and steelworks sites which are now the home to a massive number of businesses and Furness College, not empty industrial units.

Posted by Roger Green on 28 July 2009 at 14:35

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