SLDC planners pass homes plan for flood-hit playing field - despite more than 100 objections

14 new homes to go up pm the playing field south of Burland Grove, Rinkfield

14 new homes to go up pm the playing field south of Burland Grove, Rinkfield

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FOURTEEN new houses are to be built on a flood-hit Kendal playing field despite more than 100 objections from nearby residents.

The plot, on land south of Burland Grove, Rinkfield, has been the subject of four applications for residential development since 2003 but all were withdrawn because of issues surrounding contamination and flood risk.

South Lakeland District Council’s Planning Committee approved the plans for eight two-bed houses and six three-bed houses at a meeting last week.

All will be available for ‘affordable’ renting.

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The meeting heard the field, had a ‘history of flooding’ and acted as a surface water storage area to protect nearby homes from rising ground water and surface water.

The water runs from a pipe on higher land next to Burton Road to the former canal.

An officer’s report stated: “The proposals involve increasing the height of the land on which the houses, parking and garden area are to be located and the removal of material to provide compensatory flood storage.”

It is also proposed to install a trench along the bottom of the canal to capture run-off water and a 300 millimetre high bund to the rear of the new houses.

A petition signed by 119 residents of Burland Grove and Rinkfield raised concerns over flooding, the loss of the field as a public amenity, traffic, contamination and the location of a proposed new path affecting homeowners.

Coun John Holmes said: “The flood alleviation methods are more than adequate.”

But Coun Phil Walker disagreed. “I don’t feel the flood defence system will be sufficient enough,” he said.

The application was approved nine to two on condition that appropriate capping was installed to protect homeowners from methane and carbon dioxide.

This has been left over from when the site was used as a household tip.

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4:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

churchy66 says...

I take it then, that SLDC will be paying for the building & contents insurance for these homes, - as the new residents will find that they won't be able to get any!
I take it then, that SLDC will be paying for the building & contents insurance for these homes, - as the new residents will find that they won't be able to get any! churchy66
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Whinfell says...

It really is a waste of time protesting against these sort of developments.
The local residents are ignored,
The field is prone to flooding.
The children lose a recreation area.
Yet again greedy developers get there own way!
It really is a waste of time protesting against these sort of developments. The local residents are ignored, The field is prone to flooding. The children lose a recreation area. Yet again greedy developers get there own way! Whinfell
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Spotty Fish says...

Real genuine concerns from residents. Not the NIMBYism that occurs in other places and still the council ride roughshod over public opinion and worries. It couldn't be because the residents of Rinkfield probably don't have as much influence as others could it? If only they had the money to buy the field like the people in Ambleside did.
Real genuine concerns from residents. Not the NIMBYism that occurs in other places and still the council ride roughshod over public opinion and worries. It couldn't be because the residents of Rinkfield probably don't have as much influence as others could it? If only they had the money to buy the field like the people in Ambleside did. Spotty Fish
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Geoff103 says...

One councillor is happy with the flood prevention efforts, another is not.

Both will be making these decisions from a 'political' viewpoint. Neither are qualified to pass judgment. Only civil engineers with a specialism in drainage and flooding control can do that.

What this decision underlines, yet again, is the need to distance councillors, laymen, as far as possible from planning decisions where a technical issue can be used to facilitate or obstruct a planning application.

Officers' advice must be underpinned by proper expert authority and councillors' ability to influence planning decisions reduced to those where there is a clear conflict of resident's views and a political decision has to be made - when councillors can then be made accountable to residents at any subsequent election.

I am fed up with reading of councillors deciding applications on spurious technical grounds purely to have to avoid the need for making a local political judgment.
One councillor is happy with the flood prevention efforts, another is not. Both will be making these decisions from a 'political' viewpoint. Neither are qualified to pass judgment. Only civil engineers with a specialism in drainage and flooding control can do that. What this decision underlines, yet again, is the need to distance councillors, laymen, as far as possible from planning decisions where a technical issue can be used to facilitate or obstruct a planning application. Officers' advice must be underpinned by proper expert authority and councillors' ability to influence planning decisions reduced to those where there is a clear conflict of resident's views and a political decision has to be made - when councillors can then be made accountable to residents at any subsequent election. I am fed up with reading of councillors deciding applications on spurious technical grounds purely to have to avoid the need for making a local political judgment. Geoff103
  • Score: 3

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