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Homeowners terrified by prospect of 'undesirable' social housing tenants

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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The residents of a new housing estate in Cumbria are living in fear at the prospect of social housing tenants moving in nearby.

Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has constructed over 40 homes at Forgehill Park in Workington as part of a 92-property development.

And it now wants to develop further homes on the site, including 18 two-bed flats.

However, the plans have enraged nearby residents who are shaken by the belief that the new flats will lead to a swarm of “undesirable" social housing tenants who will depreciate property values, the News and Star reported.

The perturbed residents have even completed a 35-signature petition against the development.

Resident Michael Bell, who set up the petition, wrote: “When I paid nearly £200,000 for my property, I did not sign up to these plans and I am really concerned that this will affect the price of my property in the future.”

Meanwhile, fellow fuming homeowner Geoffrey Donaldson accused Persimmon of “deceiving” buyers, writing: “I find the proposed plans completely unacceptable, and refuse to allow my investment to be jeopardised by the site moving undesirable tenants in.

“If more housing is required then why not have specific housing schemes built to accommodate those in need and allow those of us who work hard to make lifestyle choices, like buying a new home, to live without the worry of being subjected to the behaviours and attitudes of people who have no regard for others and their property?”

With Persimmon's application going before a development panel next week, Allerdale Council planning officers have said that the plans will deliver a "variety of house types".

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