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Residents object to 76-home plan for Kendal
PLANS for 76 houses on former Kendal parkland are being opposed by scores of local residents.
An application to build the homes off Natland Mill Beck Lane have been submitted to South Lakeland District Council by Carlisle company Story Homes.
But home owners nearby claim the development would ruin the landscape, be out of character with the existing houses and present a flooding risk.
Objectors Mary and Phil Livesey, whose garden runs along the site edge, said the planning bid had cast a ‘huge shadow’ over their lives.
Mrs Livesey said most of the houses would be executive homes for ‘commuter belt people’ and the development would do little to help people with affordable housing.
“The plans show two large houses close to our boundary, which would totally dominate our home and garden. It’s completely the wrong site for this type of development.”
The Liveseys are among dozens of residents who have written letters of objection to the development.
Keith and Alison Bradbury wrote: “The design and character of the proposed houses are unlike any of the other neighbouring properties and the scale of the proposed development does not respect the character, scale or proportions of existing properties.”
Carol Longden wrote: “The proposed density of the housing would totally destroy and intrude on a wonderful country setting; and the close proximity to existing dwellings is completely unacceptable.”
She pointed out that there were ‘well over’ 300 houses for sale in Kendal.
In their letter, Graham and Sharon Hartley raised concerns about a population of bats and their roosts and whether local infrastructure and services such as the doctors’ surgery could cope.
Concern was also expressed by the Lancaster Canal Trust (LCT) and the Canal and River Trust that the development could impact on future restoration of the Lancaster Canal’s northern reaches.
Story Homes pointed out that the site was designated by SLDC as a sustainable location, close to key facilities and services and well served by public transport.
The company said: “Story Homes is committed to the delivery of the best possible scheme for the site which offers an excellent opportunity for the creation of a distinctive and inherently sustainable residential neighbourhood.”
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