Hundreds protest about Kendal housing plan

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

HUNDREDS of residents are campaigning against a developer’s bid to build 30 ‘affordable’ homes in Kendal.

Two Castles Housing Association has applied for planning permission for land at Hallgarth Cottage, at the top of Windermere Road.

But Hallgarth Action Committee (HAC), made up of 200 residents, is opposed to development on the greenfield site on one of the main entry routes to the town and wants councillors to throw out the scheme. The group has hired consultants PFK Planning to fight their cause and said the suspension of a public inquiry into South Lakeland District Council’s Land Allocations Document, made it a ‘pertinent’ time to speak out against the proposal.

The land is included in the SLDC document identifying possible sites for 6,000 homes by 2025 - but a planning inspector is yet to rule on whether the dossier is ‘sound’.

HAC chairman Julie Johnson said: “We understand the need for affordable housing for local people - however, we are fundamentally opposed to development on this site.

“We believe that any development on this steeply sloping and prominent site will have a detrimental impact on the open character of the landscape at this important entrance to Kendal and at the very edge of the Lake District National Park.

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“We also have very serious concerns over the highways and drainage and the design of the scheme.”

The committee voiced concerns about increased traffic congestion, safety worries over a new junction they fear would create an ‘accident blackspot’ and increased flooding risk, which was demonstrated after a freak storm in June.

And they are also upset that the plans include demolishing centuries-old Hallgarth Cottage.

Mrs Johnson continued: “Residents have serious concerns that this plan introduces an extremely high risk of surface water cascading downstream into the Hallgarth estate and an increase of pressure on the sewage network.

“Many residents have already experienced problems and are extremely nervous about this development and the removal of the current natural drainage which the greenfield site provides.”

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles Housing Association, said: “Two Castles has listened to the concerns of local residents in relation to this site and, to address these, we are submitting amended proposals to our plans which include a more detailed drainage system and improved highway access.

“A high need for affordable housing has been identified for this area and our revised plans show our commitment to continuing to provide high quality, affordable housing for local people in housing need.”

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9:10am Thu 6 Dec 12

hogheaven says...

This site is certainly not suitable for housing because of the points raised by HAC. However there is no such thing as Affordable housing any more eg there are hundreds of properties for sale in and around Kendal available ,But demand in the past as pushed prices way past a average workers means, due to the stupid schemes in the past which sold off Affordable council houses at equally stupid low subsidised prices way below valuation, leading to a housing shortage of affordable rentable properties. The price of building land now is a major portion of the cost of building a house, which makes the finished product UNAFFORDABLE face it we need a rethink ,whats the anwser?
This site is certainly not suitable for housing because of the points raised by HAC. However there is no such thing as Affordable housing any more eg there are hundreds of properties for sale in and around Kendal available ,But demand in the past as pushed prices way past a average workers means, due to the stupid schemes in the past which sold off Affordable council houses at equally stupid low subsidised prices way below valuation, leading to a housing shortage of affordable rentable properties. The price of building land now is a major portion of the cost of building a house, which makes the finished product UNAFFORDABLE face it we need a rethink ,whats the anwser? hogheaven
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9:48am Thu 6 Dec 12

boris plasticmac says...

Chickens are now coming home to roost.
The incompetence that SLDC has shown in the development of the Land Allocation plans it's delay is now throwing up problems with a backlog of applications. Examples are this planning application and the recent one on Oxenholme road, both of which were covered by the allocations enquiry.
Add to this Cllr Thornton's annoucement yesterday agreeing to a M6 business corridor, something the Land Allocation Document had gone out of it's way to dismiss, leaves me wondering what the hell is going on.
Chickens are now coming home to roost. The incompetence that SLDC has shown in the development of the Land Allocation plans it's delay is now throwing up problems with a backlog of applications. Examples are this planning application and the recent one on Oxenholme road, both of which were covered by the allocations enquiry. Add to this Cllr Thornton's annoucement yesterday agreeing to a M6 business corridor, something the Land Allocation Document had gone out of it's way to dismiss, leaves me wondering what the hell is going on. boris plasticmac
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10:13am Thu 6 Dec 12

BentheBorderCollie says...

"HUNDREDS of residents are campaigning against a developer’s bid to build 30 ‘affordable’ homes in Kendal."

Steven, why the quotation marks around the word 'affordable'? are you implying that social housing will not be 'affordable'? all the evidence shows that social housing providers like Two Castles are by far the best route for providing genuinely affordable houses for locals.

If the Gazette has evidence to the contrary, it should publish it. Until then, please ensure your 'journalists' avoid sly innuendo like this.
"HUNDREDS of residents are campaigning against a developer’s bid to build 30 ‘affordable’ homes in Kendal." Steven, why the quotation marks around the word 'affordable'? are you implying that social housing will not be 'affordable'? all the evidence shows that social housing providers like Two Castles are by far the best route for providing genuinely affordable houses for locals. If the Gazette has evidence to the contrary, it should publish it. Until then, please ensure your 'journalists' avoid sly innuendo like this. BentheBorderCollie
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7:06pm Thu 6 Dec 12

KendalLad says...

I'm all for any scheme that brings affordable housing to the town. Sounds like a bit of nimbyism to me.
I'm all for any scheme that brings affordable housing to the town. Sounds like a bit of nimbyism to me. KendalLad
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9:11pm Thu 6 Dec 12

GResie says...

Sounds like a campaign for Tim to get behind, or maybe not if it means he has to have an actual opinion on his team at SLDC and the 5000+ homes we apparently need to stiffle our Towns and villages in the South Lakes
Sounds like a campaign for Tim to get behind, or maybe not if it means he has to have an actual opinion on his team at SLDC and the 5000+ homes we apparently need to stiffle our Towns and villages in the South Lakes GResie
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11:12am Fri 7 Dec 12

tom watson says...

Sounds like you should give this the flick and go flatout at Oxenholme. Are you sure you want riff-raff living in Kendal?
Sounds like you should give this the flick and go flatout at Oxenholme. Are you sure you want riff-raff living in Kendal? tom watson
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11:40pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Ladyxxmacbeth says...

Dunno where you're living but there's plenty of ghastly riffraff in kendal, it just most don't believe or want to believe it.
Dunno where you're living but there's plenty of ghastly riffraff in kendal, it just most don't believe or want to believe it. Ladyxxmacbeth
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