Residents voice fears over plans by Kirkby Lonsdale brewery to relocate to new premises

The Westmorland Gazette: The Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery wants to move into the centre of town The Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery wants to move into the centre of town

THE owners of a South Lakes microbrewery have sparked concern among residents after applying for permission to relocate to a building next to flats.

Plans to move the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery into the centre of the town, complete with a brand new visitor centre and bar, have been met with anxiety from those who own apartments in neighbouring Royal House.

“I’m concerned about noises and smells which will come from the brew-ery,” said Joanna Castaldi, who owns and rents out one of the flats.

“But my main concern is that they want to use a forklift truck to take deliveries from the road down a cobbled path that is used by children and elderly people.

“I don’t think it’s safe.”

Her views were echoed by owner of another flat, Colin Perkin.

“Entry and exit from the apartments is a bit blind, and already poses a potential hazard, and this will be made worse, particularly with forklift trucks operating,” he said.

“There are children and elderly people living in these apartments.”

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If approved, the plans - which have been subm-itted to South Lakeland District Council - will see the company operate from around 6am four days per week, from what is currently the Auction Room, in New Road.

It will receive one deliv-ery every week, with an 18-tonne lorry delivering malt once a fortnight.

This, continued Ms Castaldi, will not be suitable on narrow New Road.

Meanwhile, a spokesm- man for Steven Abbott Associates, which submitted a planning report on behalf of Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, said the building was currently ‘under-used’, “The Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery has proved to be successful, but wishes to expand the nature of its activity,” said the spokesman.

“It has recognised the opportunity to put back into a fuller use a buil-ding which is currently used relatively lightly.”

The expansion would also see the company’s workforce increased from one full-time and two part-time employees to four full-time and four, or five, part-time employees.

And, it says, there is ‘no likelihood at all of any adverse impact ass-ociated with smell’.

The business was set up in 2009 by local men, Plug, Roger and Stuart Taylor and Alan Stephenson.

“We fully appreciate the concerns of our local residents regarding our proposed brewery,” said Stuart Taylor.

“All the issues regarding smell, noise and use of the forklift, we feel have been addressed in the documentation that has been submitted. The new brewery, we strongly believe, will be a fantastic asset to the town for both local residents and visitors, with the added benefit of both full and part-time employment.”

The microbrewery currently operates from the Old Station Yard, on the outskirts of town.

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3:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Ed Baines says...

Good on the brewery, and down with NIMBY-ism. It's good to see a proper business,making a popular product trying to bring badly needed jobs to the town. Historically, Kirkby Lonsdale was a market town with all that meant - livestock, cattletrucks, smell and noise. And with that... jobs, vibrancy, life.

The idea that the lives of children are somehow at risk from the odd delivery by forklift truck is laughable. I would hate to see KL turning into a museum for daytrippers and a holding pen for retirees. Cafes and giftshops don't constitute a diverse economy.
Good on the brewery, and down with NIMBY-ism. It's good to see a proper business,making a popular product trying to bring badly needed jobs to the town. Historically, Kirkby Lonsdale was a market town with all that meant - livestock, cattletrucks, smell and noise. And with that... jobs, vibrancy, life. The idea that the lives of children are somehow at risk from the odd delivery by forklift truck is laughable. I would hate to see KL turning into a museum for daytrippers and a holding pen for retirees. Cafes and giftshops don't constitute a diverse economy. Ed Baines
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3:58pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Justthinking says...

It will be great to see this building brought to life. I'm sure it will cause no greater danger or disruption than the deliveries to Spar on a much more regular basis or other shops and businesses in town that regularly block roads with deliveries.
As for residents concerns. Am I missing something but some one owning and "renting out" their property is not technically a resident. Yet again the holiday home owners not wanting the quaint little town spoiling and risking their earning potential maybe.
I am a resident and would welcome this new venture wholeheartedly.
It will be great to see this building brought to life. I'm sure it will cause no greater danger or disruption than the deliveries to Spar on a much more regular basis or other shops and businesses in town that regularly block roads with deliveries. As for residents concerns. Am I missing something but some one owning and "renting out" their property is not technically a resident. Yet again the holiday home owners not wanting the quaint little town spoiling and risking their earning potential maybe. I am a resident and would welcome this new venture wholeheartedly. Justthinking
  • Score: 20

5:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Kendal lad says...

Great idea. We should be applauding the fact that an SME is clearly doing good enough business to warrant expansion.
We can preserve all our towns in villages in aspic we want to, but then we can also them die.
KL needs diversity. Having a brewery in the centre of Kendal (at the back of Burgundy's) has not upset those residents.
Sounds like people are more worried about their own house prices to me.
Great idea. We should be applauding the fact that an SME is clearly doing good enough business to warrant expansion. We can preserve all our towns in villages in aspic we want to, but then we can also them die. KL needs diversity. Having a brewery in the centre of Kendal (at the back of Burgundy's) has not upset those residents. Sounds like people are more worried about their own house prices to me. Kendal lad
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9:25am Thu 27 Mar 14

Keeping_it_real says...

This is briliant news! I for one will visit often (from Kendal)!

As for Joanna Castaldi "who owns and rents out one of the flats" since she rents out the flat, it doesnt personally affect her. The tenants may well be real ale drinkers and love been next to a brewery.

Well done KL Brewery - Go for it!!
This is briliant news! I for one will visit often (from Kendal)! As for Joanna Castaldi "who owns and rents out one of the flats" since she rents out the flat, it doesnt personally affect her. The tenants may well be real ale drinkers and love been next to a brewery. Well done KL Brewery - Go for it!! Keeping_it_real
  • Score: 15

10:46am Fri 28 Mar 14

with out malice says...

the four people behind this project are always the first people to object or complain when someone new wants to do anything in kirkby lonsdale, or on the out skirts, yet as always it a different story when they want to affect other peoples lives, as you will find they are on all the committies in the town, so they can get past what they want
the four people behind this project are always the first people to object or complain when someone new wants to do anything in kirkby lonsdale, or on the out skirts, yet as always it a different story when they want to affect other peoples lives, as you will find they are on all the committies in the town, so they can get past what they want with out malice
  • Score: -5

5:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

Kirkby Lonsdale does not need it will have a very nehgative effect on property prices.
Kirkby Lonsdale does not need it will have a very nehgative effect on property prices. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
  • Score: -8

9:07pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jgt1966 says...

THIS IS A SUPERB STONE BUILT BUILDING THAT IS CURRENLY USED ONE DAY A MONTH EMPLOYING NO STAFF, THE BREWERY WOULD EMPLOY UP TO TEN PEOPLE, CONTRARY TO ROUMOURS POSTED AROUND KIRKBY LONSDALE IT WILL NEVER BE PRODUCING 29000 PINTS OF BEER A WEEK, THE MAXIMUM OUTPUT WILL BE NEARER 3000 THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR 18 TON TRUCKS AS SUGGESTED BY RESIDENTS OF THE NEAR BY APARTMENTS. MICRO BREWERIES PRODUCE ALMOST NO SMELL AS CONDENSER UNITS ARE USED SO EVEN THE WASTE WATER IS RE CYCLED. LOOK TO THE FUTURE OF OF TOURISM TO THE TOWN DONT TRY AND WRAP IT UP IN COTTON WOOL THE DAYS OF HORSES AND CARTS HAVE GONE !!!!!!!
THIS IS A SUPERB STONE BUILT BUILDING THAT IS CURRENLY USED ONE DAY A MONTH EMPLOYING NO STAFF, THE BREWERY WOULD EMPLOY UP TO TEN PEOPLE, CONTRARY TO ROUMOURS POSTED AROUND KIRKBY LONSDALE IT WILL NEVER BE PRODUCING 29000 PINTS OF BEER A WEEK, THE MAXIMUM OUTPUT WILL BE NEARER 3000 THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR 18 TON TRUCKS AS SUGGESTED BY RESIDENTS OF THE NEAR BY APARTMENTS. MICRO BREWERIES PRODUCE ALMOST NO SMELL AS CONDENSER UNITS ARE USED SO EVEN THE WASTE WATER IS RE CYCLED. LOOK TO THE FUTURE OF OF TOURISM TO THE TOWN DONT TRY AND WRAP IT UP IN COTTON WOOL THE DAYS OF HORSES AND CARTS HAVE GONE !!!!!!! jgt1966
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