In a proposal put forward to the city council by Currock Avenue Limited, Currock Yard may be developed into new homes which will include 20 per cent affordable housing
A former city councillor has spoken of his concerns regarding the plans for a large housing estate in Currock.
Carlisle resident Abdul Harid outlined his hope that developers reconsider aspects of their plans to ensure infrastructure is put in place to support the new development.
In a proposal put forward to the city council by Currock Avenue Limited, Currock Yard, which is currently a vacant site, may be developed into 92 new homes which will include 20 per cent affordable housing.
According to Mr Harid, there are concerns from residents with regards to the roads in and out of the development as well as concerns that the provision of affordable homes, which will concern approximately 20 homes in the development under council regulations, is simply not enough to solve the need for housing for people trying to take a first step onto the property ladder in Carlisle.
Mr Harid, who is a governor at Bishop Harvey School said the development could pose issues for current residents in the wider area.
He stated: The infrastructure in that area will need improvements. Currently the streets are too narrow, slippery and steep so parking would be a major issue. There has to be improvements made to the current plans.
Secondly, if you look at the need for people to be helped onto the property ladder through new schemes, there are simply not enough properties here in these plans for what this area requires. If you look at the situation currently facing young people, many of whom are on lower wages, this development will price most people out in that sense, he said.
The location is a big concern for a number of residents who have lived there for many years. It’s a very quiet residential area around there and clearly this development would change that, he said.
Mr Harid said he feels it is likely that the development could be viewed with more enthusiasm moving forward if the concerns of residents are listened to by the developer.
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