City council backs 92 new homes for central Carlisle

CGI of Currock Yard

A 92-home scheme in Carlisle has been approved by councillors.

Knutsford-based Peterloo Estates secured approval to develop the low-rise family homes on a former railway siding, known locally as Currock Yard, within walking distance from Carlisle city centre.

Working in joint venture with a private family office, the site was acquired from DB Schenker (UK) in late 2020 and the design team appointed to commence in January 2021.

The proposals, which offer a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, were submitted to the council in July of the same year.

However, there were considerable delays during the statutory consultation phase, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant the application could not be heard until some 10 months later.

Daniel Barker, Peterloo Estates managing director, welcomed the approval, saying it will provide high quality, contemporary homes on a previously developed brownfield site in a highly sustainable location.

He added: “Sites such as these should always be a priority to bring forward, without delay, as the National Planning Policy Framework clearly sets out.

“We look forward to commencing the development as soon as possible.”

The project team included Carlisle-based Architects Plus, Frost Planning, Eddisons Croft and Elluc Projects.