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Monday, 29 December 2014

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Grange Town Council’s dismay at ‘terrible’ housing scheme

A SCHEME to build 68 new homes in a South Lakeland town has been branded “terrible” and “speculative”.

Members of Grange Town Council have recommended that the application, for land off Thornfield Road, is thrown out by planning bosses.

Councillor Tom Harvey, authority chairman, said: “Frankly, it’s a terrible application which is ill thought out with a myriad issues that would cause problems.

“To us as a town council, it looked like the developer was being speculative with this application.”

Planning officers at South Lakeland District Council are in the process of writing a report on the proposal.

The plans, submitted by Blackpool-based firm Envidia Homes, would see a wall demolished and trees felled to clear the site for construction.

If approved, the location would then be transformed into 10 two-bedroom, two three-bedroom and 32 four- bedroom houses.

There would also be 24 one- and two-bedroom flats for social rent.

Cllr Harvey added: “I think there’s a general acceptance that this a site that may well be built on but it needs to be for better, not worse.”

The application has attracted a flurry of objections from nearby residents as well as from Grange Civic Trust and members of the Grange and District Action Group.

Peter Nightingale, action group secretary, said: “There have been objections to this for a number of reasons.

“There is a problem with surface water run off, drainage, the narrow range of affordable homes on offer as well as the design and height of the properties which would obliterate the existing views.”

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