Work is set to begin on a new residential development at Gascow Farm in Ulverston; a site that Lea Hough played a key role in securing the sale of the land to developers. Rowland Homes are due to break ground on the development, which will see a high-quality housing scheme encompassing a mix of 235 homes being brought to the Ulverston area.
Lea Hough were recommended to the land owners by another of their professional advisors after it was recognised that in order to fully exploit the potential of the site, specialist advice from experienced agents would be needed. Our role commenced with the promotion of the site through the early stages of the allocations process, highlighting to the Local Authority not only the suitability of the site for development. We subsequently advised the landowner on potential disposal options, through to the subsequent agreement of terms with an established house builder.
The site had a complex range of issues to resolve; mainly related to planning matters but also including drainage, ecology and topography. The planning consent represented a very large development for the area and the various issues at hand required Lea Hough to manage and work with a range of professional advisors and consultants to arrive at the most beneficial outcome.
Our role evolved to include submissions to the Local Authority on key aspects of the Local Plan, including Affordable Housing and CIL requirements, to protect our client’s interests whilst also helping to secure the allocation of the site.
Plans for the site, which were approved at South Lakeland Council’s planning committee in September, will incorporate 60 affordable homes, with a mixture of social rent and intermediate homes, alongside large areas of greenspace. The planning approval also included a financial contribution towards off-site highway improvements at the Cross-a-Moor junction of the A590.
Part of the wider Croftlands housing allocation to the south of Ulverston, which is expected to deliver a total of 70 homes over the next 15 years, Gascow Farm represents a significant step forward in the creation of new homes for the South Lakeland borough.