Residents air fears about 150-homes plan for Kendal

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

CONTROVERSIAL plans to earmark land for more than 150 houses at a site south of Underbarrow Road in Kendal went on display as part of a public consultation.

Among the concerns raised by residents about the development were the loss of green spaces, access to the town centre, increased traffic and inadequate drainage.

“We don’t want it,” said Liz Lawson. “Access to the town is very poor and there isn’t even a footpath. I could understand if they were all houses for local young people but I doubt they will be.”

Kath Trimingham, of Maple Drive, said the area was ‘already too overcrowded’.

“We do need more housing but this is just massive – they are getting every little bit of green land and we need to keep as much green space as we can for future generations.”

Andrew Kohn, of Belmont, said: “I’m concerned about things like drainage – the water courses are just not fit for purpose and what will happen when all this water gets in downstream areas.

“There seems to be no overall coordination between this and other developments that are being planned.

“I can see the need for low cost housing and I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a bad development taken overall but I would want to know much more about it.”

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But Peter Graveson said the development would be ‘good for Kendal’.

“If everybody took the attitude that nothing can be built anywhere, how are people meant to buy houses?

“There are too many people who have their little bit and aren’t interested in whether anybody else is struggling.”

Other developments being consulted on are Cross-a-Moor, at Swarthmoor, Kendal Parks, the south and east of Milnthorpe, Scroggs Wood, north of Kendal, Croftlands and Stainbank Green.

A spokesperson for South Lakeland District Council said: “The decision to allocate the land for development is the outcome of a comprehensive five-year planning process incorporating a public consultations and an independent examination by a planning inspector.

“Issues including transport and access implications, the impact of development on school capacity, drainage and flood risk have been fully considered in the course of the plan preparation process and this was recognised by the inspector when he approved the local plan for land allocations.

“Thirty five per cent of new homes are intended to be affordable.”

Coun Jonathan Brook, portfolio holder for strategic growth, said: “The purpose of the consultation is to listen to residents’ views before a development brief or master plan is prepared. “There will be further consultation on the draft development brief later in the year.’’

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8:02pm Wed 12 Mar 14

boris plasticmac says...

"A spokesperson for South Lakeland District Council said: “The decision to allocate the land for development is the outcome of a comprehensive five-year planning process incorporating a public consultations and an independent examination by a planning inspector.

“Issues including transport and access implications, the impact of development on school capacity, drainage and flood risk have been fully considered in the course of the plan preparation process and this was recognised by the inspector when he approved the local plan for land allocations."
So to summarise, the motions of consultation have been gone through and now it is time for snouts to be put into the trough.
"A spokesperson for South Lakeland District Council said: “The decision to allocate the land for development is the outcome of a comprehensive five-year planning process incorporating a public consultations and an independent examination by a planning inspector. “Issues including transport and access implications, the impact of development on school capacity, drainage and flood risk have been fully considered in the course of the plan preparation process and this was recognised by the inspector when he approved the local plan for land allocations." So to summarise, the motions of consultation have been gone through and now it is time for snouts to be put into the trough. boris plasticmac
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10:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

snuggle-bunny says...

how hypocritical of people to complain about building houses near to where they live. they want to remember that next time they go into their houses which where once on green fields
how hypocritical of people to complain about building houses near to where they live. they want to remember that next time they go into their houses which where once on green fields snuggle-bunny
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12:33am Thu 13 Mar 14

boris plasticmac says...

If I'm a hypocrite I'll live with it but it does not change the fact that building houses on this site is a rubbish idea. Not least it's close proximity to the National Park and deciding where the traffic generated is going to go , which schools will have to be expanded and the difficulties in disposing surface water.
If I'm a hypocrite I'll live with it but it does not change the fact that building houses on this site is a rubbish idea. Not least it's close proximity to the National Park and deciding where the traffic generated is going to go , which schools will have to be expanded and the difficulties in disposing surface water. boris plasticmac
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2:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cas220 says...

boris plasticmac wrote:
If I'm a hypocrite I'll live with it but it does not change the fact that building houses on this site is a rubbish idea. Not least it's close proximity to the National Park and deciding where the traffic generated is going to go , which schools will have to be expanded and the difficulties in disposing surface water.
I can imagine those issues have already been considered. I don't agree with any developments like this but you must realise the planning department don't just sit in offices signing documents.
[quote][p][bold]boris plasticmac[/bold] wrote: If I'm a hypocrite I'll live with it but it does not change the fact that building houses on this site is a rubbish idea. Not least it's close proximity to the National Park and deciding where the traffic generated is going to go , which schools will have to be expanded and the difficulties in disposing surface water.[/p][/quote]I can imagine those issues have already been considered. I don't agree with any developments like this but you must realise the planning department don't just sit in offices signing documents. Cas220
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2:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

greenbell says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
how hypocritical of people to complain about building houses near to where they live. they want to remember that next time they go into their houses which where once on green fields
How many more green fields do we need to destroy for houses that are not needed.
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: how hypocritical of people to complain about building houses near to where they live. they want to remember that next time they go into their houses which where once on green fields[/p][/quote]How many more green fields do we need to destroy for houses that are not needed. greenbell
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4:30pm Mon 17 Mar 14

jazzactivist says...

I think most people are sympathetic to the need for genuinely affordable homes for younger people who work in the South Lakes. However, there is a very easy way to be able to house the people who need it and not have any more building on green spaces. All it requires is for people who are selling properties to price them so that people who earn the average local salary can afford to buy them. Simple really.
I think most people are sympathetic to the need for genuinely affordable homes for younger people who work in the South Lakes. However, there is a very easy way to be able to house the people who need it and not have any more building on green spaces. All it requires is for people who are selling properties to price them so that people who earn the average local salary can afford to buy them. Simple really. jazzactivist
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