Development - New Homes

Castles and Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) is committed to the delivery of more than 600 homes across Cumbria and the North East over the next 5 years. As a Housing Association with a strong social conscience, we are focused on tackling the housing crisis, improving lives, harnessing its financial strength to meet the needs of it’s local communities.

Our Development Strategy focuses on the areas of South and North Lakes, Penrith, Carlisle, the Tyne Valley and South Northumberland. That said, we would also consider opportunities toward the Cumbrian coast, on Tyneside and Wearside and the adjacent areas, where we have existing homes.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with landowners, and their agents, particularly about the potential of planning exception sites and the delivery of affordable housing. We are also keen to work with Housebuilders and Developers on joint ventures, partnerships and Section 106 obligations.

We are very experienced and well placed to develop in both urban and rural areas with considerable expertise in developments within National Parks.

We are proud of our record in delivering high quality affordable homes across our areas of operation. We aim to build on this by providing homes for Rent, Shared Ownership, Rent to Buy and Outright Sale.

Potential New Development – Land to the East of Lansdowne Close, Carlisle

Thank you to all those who have submitted their feedback, comments, and expressed an interest in the proposed homes. The pre-planning consultation has closed and Castles and Coasts along with its partners will now give due consideration to all responses. A summary of the thematically organised feedback and associated responses will be published as part of a statement of community involvement, which will accompany any formal planning application made in the future.

Anyone wishing to provide further feedback on any revised proposals, will be able to do so as part of the formal planning process.

Our Latest Development - Staveley, Kendal

Built by Russell-Armer, the development is an extension of the existing Crookfield Scheme located within the village of Staveley near Kendal, a thriving community on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

The development was part-funded by the Homes England (HE) and with support from South Lakeland District Council.

The development includes:

3x 3 bed dormer bungalows each with a garage are for Outright Sale

4x 2 bed houses for Affordable Rent

4x 3 bed houses for Rent to Buy

2x 3 bed houses for Shared Ownership

For details of the current available properties, please click here.

All homes in the scheme are let to people with a housing need and who have a connection to the village or its surrounding area.

If you are interested in any of the available properties for sale, please contact H&H Land & Estates at:

Address: 36 Finkle Street, Kendal, LA9 4AB

Telephone: 01539 304031

Email address:


Castles & Coasts Housing Association has a wide range of other homes available across the North England and you can find all our current available properties here.

Consultation Response on Potential New Development – Crookfield, Staveley

Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) would like to thank everyone that submitted feedback on the proposed new development on the Crookfield site.

It has been highlighted, through this community consultation process, that there is a significant demand for affordable housing in the Staveley area. CCHA would like to remind those who have registered their interest, to register their need on the Cumbria Choice Based Lettings Service at

CCHA has listened to the concerns from local residents suggesting that the sewage and drainage systems are currently at full capacity within the Staveley area, and any development could potentially cause an exacerbation of surcharge events experienced in recent years. Therefore, site layouts and plans are currently being reviewed by our qualified engineers, to ensure the proposed development has no adverse effect on Staveley’s sewage and drainage system. We continue to meet with the appropriate subgroup of the Parish Council and have discussed the wider concerns of drainage in the village with United Utilities, who are now engaging directly with the Parish Council in partnership with CCHA.

CCHA is also working closely with the Staveley & Ings Parish Council, to address the potential road safety issues that have been highlighted during the consultation process, such as, the increased number of moving and parked cars, access for emergency services and the absence of a pedestrianised access to, and from, the village centre.  CCHA through continued correspondence with Cumbria County Council (Highways), will ensure the site design includes all necessary safety measures. We are also exploring the possibility of working with the Parish Council regarding safety improvements to the Crook Road and providing a footpath link through the proposed development to provide an alternative and safer pedestrian route into the village.

We understand some local residents are apprehensive about the reduced privacy and loss of view more development may impose to their properties. We are sensitive to these matters and ensuring a reasonable balance continue to be a key part of our pre-planning application discussions with the Lake District National Park Planning Authority.

Some residents have raised their concerns for their children’s safety at the implementation of another detention pond, alongside the increase in traffic. The safety of existing and future residents is one of CCHA’s top priorities and we will be taking necessary measures to make the community as safe as possible.

CCHA will continue to work in partnership with key stakeholders within the Staveley area to deliver, subject to planning permission, a safe, attractive and affordable housing scheme.

We anticipate that submission of a full planning application will be made within the first quarter of 2021, which will be open to the public on South Lakeland Council’s website.

If you have any questions or enquiries at this time, please contact the Development Team at the following email address:



Case Study - Working with a Community Land Trust

In 2017/18, we built four new homes for affordable rent at Skelwith Bridge in the Lake District. We worked closely with the Skelwith and Langdale Community Land Trust to develop these family homes. The Trust identified the land and the need for development, and we used our development and management skills to make the Trust’s aspiration to provide affordable homes in their community a reality.

Future development objectives

Following the creation of CCHA, one of the positive benefits has been the increase in the Association’s capacity to development. We now aim to create an average of 120 new homes each year. This is a doubling of our activity compared to recent years and will see 600 additional homes developed by 2025.

Our priority areas for development are throughout our area of operations in the North of England, where land supply can meet the demonstrated housing need. We strive to be innovative and collaborative in our approach, working with partners to bring forward opportunities to the benefit of the local community. While larger schemes are often more economic to develop, we will still bring our expertise to smaller developments especially in the more rural areas to meet local needs.

We anticipate that our development programme in future will be made up of a blend of rented (75%) Shared Ownership (15%) and Outright Sale homes (10%). Outright market sale will play a key role in the programme with income from sales cross subsidising the schemes to increase viability. The Rent to Buy tenure is becoming increasingly popular, therefore where the right market conditions exist, this tenure may be used instead of Shared Ownership.

We are passionate about creating homes that meet the needs of the local communities we serve.