A PUBLIC inquiry into a development plan which would lead to thousands of new homes in South Lakeland has resumed this morning after being abruptly ended last November.

South Lakeland District Council’s Land Allocations document was criticised at the original inquiry after questions were raised over whether Kendal’s school places could cope with the extra housing.

The inquiry, conducted by planning inspector Simon Berkeley, heard that two new primary schools would be needed to provide places for 420 children from 1,961 new homes.

If the development plan is adopted, around 6,000 new homes would be built across South Lakeland by 2025.

During the first day of the resumed inquiry, which is expected to last for five days, arguments are being heard about the provision of land for new schools and other facilities such as shops and health services.