Ten new homes to be built in Kirkby Lonsdale near to Devil's Bridge

TEN new houses are to be built in a cul-de-sac in Kirkby Lonsdale despite strong opposition from neighbours and the town’s civic society.

South Lakeland District Council planners voted unanimously in favour of an application from South Lakes Housing to build the houses on 0.5 hectares of grazing land near Binfold Croft, close to Devil’s Bridge.

The scheme, which will provide six two-bedroom houses, two three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows, attracted criticism from neighbours. Planners were told that 24 letters of objection were received.

“Turning this area into a housing estate would transform the character and make it an unattractive sight for the thousands of visitors coming to Devil’s Bridge every year,” said Judith Manifold, who lives just metres from the development boundary.

Ken Humphries, chairman of the Kirkby Lonsdale Civic Society, said the area had been subject of numerous applications in the past, all of which had been refused because of the resulting environmental impact.

“This is a unique, historic and irreplaceable landscape. It is the only space left between the bridge and the town.”

But the district council approved the planning officer’s recommendation for the scheme to be given the green light.

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12:28pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Blogtrotter says...

People keep complaining about Liberal controlled SLDC pushing through these building schemes and ignoring local concerns for the environment.

They then continue to vote for Lib Dem councillors at the ballot box because they quite like Tim Farron.

When will they learn..
People keep complaining about Liberal controlled SLDC pushing through these building schemes and ignoring local concerns for the environment. They then continue to vote for Lib Dem councillors at the ballot box because they quite like Tim Farron. When will they learn.. Blogtrotter

1:02pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Cas220 says...

Couldn't agree more Blogtrotter, I bet there are plenty of empty homes for sale in Kirkby Lonsdale as their are throughout the district.
Couldn't agree more Blogtrotter, I bet there are plenty of empty homes for sale in Kirkby Lonsdale as their are throughout the district. Cas220

1:22pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Hoad Hill says...

Blogtrotter wrote:
People keep complaining about Liberal controlled SLDC pushing through these building schemes and ignoring local concerns for the environment.

They then continue to vote for Lib Dem councillors at the ballot box because they quite like Tim Farron.

When will they learn..
Absolutely right...the LibDems have wrecked this council yet they seem to go from strength to strength.
All I can say is that they have little support in the Furness area.
[quote][p][bold]Blogtrotter[/bold] wrote: People keep complaining about Liberal controlled SLDC pushing through these building schemes and ignoring local concerns for the environment. They then continue to vote for Lib Dem councillors at the ballot box because they quite like Tim Farron. When will they learn..[/p][/quote]Absolutely right...the LibDems have wrecked this council yet they seem to go from strength to strength. All I can say is that they have little support in the Furness area. Hoad Hill

4:58pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Cas220 says...

Cas220 wrote:
Couldn't agree more Blogtrotter, I bet there are plenty of empty homes for sale in Kirkby Lonsdale as their are throughout the district.
Have to correct myself *there. No idea how I made that glaring mistake but couldn't ignore it!
[quote][p][bold]Cas220[/bold] wrote: Couldn't agree more Blogtrotter, I bet there are plenty of empty homes for sale in Kirkby Lonsdale as their are throughout the district.[/p][/quote]Have to correct myself *there. No idea how I made that glaring mistake but couldn't ignore it! Cas220

6:14pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Ambience says...

In my opinion Kirkby Lonsdale is already nothing more than one big housing estate so ten more houses won't make much difference. Whether the decision to grant planning for these homes was made by the Lib Dems, the Conservatives or any other political party matters not. These new homes are very much needed and the right decision has been made.
In my opinion Kirkby Lonsdale is already nothing more than one big housing estate so ten more houses won't make much difference. Whether the decision to grant planning for these homes was made by the Lib Dems, the Conservatives or any other political party matters not. These new homes are very much needed and the right decision has been made. Ambience

10:49pm Tue 2 Jul 13

snuggle-bunny says...

bet non of the people who gave consent live near the proposed site. As for the councilors- vote them out at the next council election
bet non of the people who gave consent live near the proposed site. As for the councilors- vote them out at the next council election snuggle-bunny

10:25am Wed 3 Jul 13

Moonbase says...

I think the homes should be powered by a 120ft wind turbine that might ease the discontent.
I think the homes should be powered by a 120ft wind turbine that might ease the discontent. Moonbase

11:33am Wed 3 Jul 13

Blogtrotter says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
bet non of the people who gave consent live near the proposed site. As for the councilors- vote them out at the next council election
The leader of the council, Lib Dem Peter Thornton lives in the Lake District National Park. Well out of harms way, he can happily oversee the despoilment of towns and villages elsewhere.

The national park continues to be a depopulated theme park instead of a living, breathing community, whilst beauty spots in the surrounding areas are urbanised.

...but people still vote for the grinning Liberal..
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: bet non of the people who gave consent live near the proposed site. As for the councilors- vote them out at the next council election[/p][/quote]The leader of the council, Lib Dem Peter Thornton lives in the Lake District National Park. Well out of harms way, he can happily oversee the despoilment of towns and villages elsewhere. The national park continues to be a depopulated theme park instead of a living, breathing community, whilst beauty spots in the surrounding areas are urbanised. ...but people still vote for the grinning Liberal.. Blogtrotter

9:27pm Wed 3 Jul 13

snuggle-bunny says...

Ah- there's that name yet again. One is surprised, isn't one. Old boy
Ah- there's that name yet again. One is surprised, isn't one. Old boy snuggle-bunny

10:19pm Wed 3 Jul 13

furthersouth says...

nice one, somewhere for the young working families of Kirkby Lonsdale to live. It saves them having to move out of the area, but then the nimbies would love that. They don't want young folk in their retirement villages in Cumbria now do they? Most of them will have passed on before the houses are built any how so sod their views. Folk have got to live somewhere. Most young folk around here are not on a decent enough wage to save a deposit, let alone buy any of the houses for sale in the South Lakes! Wise up nimbies and move with the times. If you don't like it you could always pay folk more or sell your home for less!
nice one, somewhere for the young working families of Kirkby Lonsdale to live. It saves them having to move out of the area, but then the nimbies would love that. They don't want young folk in their retirement villages in Cumbria now do they? Most of them will have passed on before the houses are built any how so sod their views. Folk have got to live somewhere. Most young folk around here are not on a decent enough wage to save a deposit, let alone buy any of the houses for sale in the South Lakes! Wise up nimbies and move with the times. If you don't like it you could always pay folk more or sell your home for less! furthersouth

2:45pm Thu 4 Jul 13

snuggle-bunny says...

young working families- you're having a laugh. It wont be long before social missfits and reprebates turn it into a 3rd world slum
young working families- you're having a laugh. It wont be long before social missfits and reprebates turn it into a 3rd world slum snuggle-bunny

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