Construction of 100 new homes for Carlisle is underway as the city's housing boom continues to accelerate.

Work has already started on the Amberwood development on land off Dalston Road and Peter Lane.

Plans submitted to Carlisle City Council by housing firm Charles Church reveal it is set to contain a mix of three, four and five bedroom homes of which 30 per cent will be deemed affordable.

It is adjacent to the Cloverfields development which was completed last year.

A spokesman for Charles Church Lancashire said: “We are thrilled to be bringing 100 new two, three, four and five bedroom homes to our Amberwood development.

“We believe the site will provide much-needed new homes in Carlisle.

"The development is ideally located for local transport links and it is already proving to be a very popular development.”

Planning permission for the development was granted by Carlisle City Council planning bosses in July 2017. A number of affordable homes were later added to the proposal.

But work was halted while the housing firm sought permission to change the layout of the site to provide better access to some properties.

The site is part of the first phase of the wider Morton Masterplan which gave outline permission in 2010 for the building of 825 homes on the land.

It is the latest in a series of new housing schemes to spring forward in Carlisle, prompting some to query the need for a further 10,000 properties within St Cuthberts Garden Village.

However, Dalston Councillor Trevor Allison said he had received hardly any complaints about the latest development in his ward from residents.

"We have had a couple of fundraising events locally and we've had a lot of support from Charles Church so there's a good side to this.

"This is another development but they wouldn't be building these houses if there wasn't demand for them," he said.

"There is a misconception with the garden village that we will suddenly have 10,000 new houses in Carlisle, but this is a 30-year plan.

"If it does come off it's an opportunity to build something a bit different with attractive communities that have their own character, not anodine estates."

In January this year, proposals to bring forward up to 1,000 homes within seven developments were placed before Carlisle City Council planners.

They included an outline bid for up to 480 properties on the western edge of the city between the A595 Wigton Road and Orton Road and 198 properties off Durranhill Road, next to Barley Edge.