Thursday, 11 February 2016

Haverigg housing estate still on cards

PLANS to transform a derelict farm into a housing estate have moved a step closer.

VISION: An artist’s impression of the proposed housing development at Midtown Farm, in Haverigg.

The £1.2m project will see Midtown Farm, in Main Street, Haverigg, turned into 10 houses, complete with private gardens and off-street parking spaces.

Plans for the development were submitted to Copeland Borough Council in 2009 by Port Haverigg Holiday Village owners – brothers Steven and Roger Attwood.

And proposals to extend the granted planning permission were approved at last month’s planning meeting.

The Attwoods have three years to begin converting the site before the permission expires.

The land and farm buildings were bought by the brothers at an auction in Ulverston.

Two cottages have already been built on the land and Mr Attwood is keen to develop the existing farm buildings into properties.

Former owners of Midtown Farm submitted their own plans to demolish the farm and build new houses, but the proposal was rejected.

Mr Attwood has said: “The planning department indicated they would favour a renovation of the existing buildings, rather than knocking them down and starting again, so that is what we intend to do.

“It will be a mix of affordable housing and slightly more upmarket properties, all with off-street parking and gardens.
“It is all connected with the caravan park, it is a family project.”

The conversion will be made up of a one-bedroom, single-storey apartment, and nine three-bedroom, two-storey houses, all contained within the existing farm buildings.

The project’s design and access statement says: “The proposedredevelopment of Midtown Far will turn what is currently a redundant collection of unused farm buildings into an individual development for contemporary living.

“The scheme will enhance the local community.”

It continues: “The concept for the conversion and adaptation of Midtown Farm was to create contemporary living accommodation whilst maintaining the individuality of the existing rustic buildings.”

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