Critical time for bid to build eight homes in Seaton at planning meeting

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A PROPOSAL to build eight homes in Seaton, which had planners at an impasse earlier this month, will be decided at a council meeting next week.

The Allerdale Borough Council Planning Committee will meet in Workington on Tuesday September 6 from 10am.

Councilors will decide on a number of planning applications, including a bid to build eight houses in Beech Grove, Seaton.

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The development had already been discussed at the last meeting on August 9, but councilors voted to defer the verdict so that a flood expert could be cross-examined before making a decision.

Motions to approve the request and reject it were both moved but defeated at the meeting, with a proposal to postpone it to break the deadlock.

Officers are recommending that councilors approve the application when it is considered again next week, but the committee will seek answers to questions and concerns raised about the flooding.

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Plans are reviewed in broad strokes, which means advisers will be asked to decide whether the development is acceptable in principle with a second, more detailed version of the application reviewed at a later date.

Aileen Brown of Seaton Parish Council voiced her objection at the latest meeting, raising concerns that existing flooding problems could worsen.

She said properties already become cut off during heavy rains, including the homes of vulnerable disabled people.

She said: ‘It will only get worse when we lose the land at 100 houses when there is no cesspool anywhere.

However, in support of their recommendation to approve the application, officers argued at the last meeting that the development would include extensive civil works, imposed as a condition, to genuinely ameliorate the existing flooding issues. .

Planning committee chairman Tony Annison, who unsuccessfully moved for the development to be approved, said: ‘There has clearly been a lot of hard and considerable work and there has been a comment that if left as it is what, there was a greater risk than if this heavy engineering had taken place. .”

The planning committee will meet to discuss the application at Allerdale House next week.

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