New homes on a former garden centre site near Keswick will be built, planners have agreed.
Members of the Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee agreed today that the head of development management approve the controversial application to build12 new dwellings on land once occupied by the Little Dodd Garden Centre off the A591.
It was agreed that 60 per cent of the properties be affordable and members were also keen that the developers take a look at installing electric charging points for vehicles and discuss with Cumbria County Council the potential of providing an additional bus stop in the area.
The development will be of six two-bedroom semi-detached houses at the front of the site, five houses – three three-bedroom houses and two four- bedroom homes – to the rear in a courtyard arrangement while the original manager’s bungalow would also be reused.
Members were divided over whether the site should remain as employment land or a site for housing and Mark Kidd proposed that the application, which had attracted 14 letters of objection and was opposed by Underskiddaw Parish Council, be refused.
But that proposal was defeated by five votes to three.