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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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South Cumbria housing land allocations approved

A controversial plan to outline where more than 5,200 new homes could be built in South Lakeland was formally adopted last night.

The land allocations document - which also includes 20 potential employment sites - was approved by the district council with 32 votes for and 13 against.

It apportions 1,247 properties to Ulverston - with 700 of those set for green fields surrounding Croftlands.

However, the adoption of the document was slammed by Conservative opposition members who branded it a developer’s charter and a disaster for the area.

Furness representative Cllr James Airey said anyone who believed they could oppose forthcoming planning applications for the sites in question were living in "cloud cuckoo land".

He went on to describe the move as a missed opportunity for neighbouring Barrow Borough Council which he claimed could have taken part of the housing allocation away from Ulverston.

“The extra jobs revealed to be on the horizon for BAE this week is fantastic news - but these new homes should go where those jobs are,” he said.

"That chance has gone tonight, it’s hugely disappointing."

Cllr Amanda Rigg, for Ulverston South, added: “This excessive amount of homes for this beautiful, historic, friendly market town is ludicrous.

“These are my views and those of my residents.”

But the Liberal Democrat majority on the council bolstered the local plan - stating it would help bring jobs and prosperity to the area.

SLDC leader Cllr Peter Thornton told the hearing in Kendal the time had come to back the plan in a bid to stop young people from leaving in search of work and affordable housing.

“It’s inconceivable that we wouldn’t adopt it, it’s our responsibility to do this,” he said.

“Otherwise developers will arrive in their 4x4s to target this area. No plan is no protection for our countryside.”

Cllr Thornton added: “Make no mistake, this is about jobs, housing and a South Lakeland with a future.”

Fellow Liberal Democrat, Cllr David Evans, echoed the rally cry to approve the scheme.

“Either we have a future for our young people or we send them away,” he claimed.

“Vote for the future of South Lakeland, not against it.”

The approval saw South Lakeland become the first local authority in Cumbria to adopt a land allocations plan and only the fifth in the North West.

The document has been seven years in the making - culminating in an inquiry lead by a Government planning inspector during the summer.

He declared the document sound last month.

Broughton, Kirkby, Urswick, Greenodd and Swarthmoor will now be expected to accommodate 277 extra properties should planning applications come forward with 507 for Grange and 223 for Cartmel, Cark, Flookburgh and Allithwaite.

The remainder could go on land in towns and villages to the east of the area including Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale.

A total of 35 per cent will be designated as affordable.

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These figures just do not stack up, So 5,000 homes across Cumbria, So logically that would be 40% to Workington/ whitehaven area to service to new nuclear power plant and repository jobs situ,15% to Barrow for the Successor program jobs. 15% to Carlisle,and reamining 30% to the smaller communities of Millom, Penrith, Cockermouth, Maryport/Aspatria, Grange, Kendal and Ulverston.?
That wouild mean 'Off the cuff' percentage for Ulverston at 4.3 % housing allocation ie around 214 new homes, say 160 in Ulvie and 50 in surrounding district.
So why has Ulverston been allocatied 1,247 new properties ? Im not against new housing, every town needs it, But this is excessively disproportional, apart from the fact that Ulverston does not have the infrastructure to deal with existing housing services let alone another 160 properties. Drainage for instance, allready at capacity, another 1,247 proposed concrete footprints would cause rainwater to add to existing flows which is already at max capacity and periodicaly causes flooding in South Ulverston. I think Ulverston needs to sort out some basics before accepting to build ANY new builds?
If I wasnt so cynical I might think that there was some other reason for this madness decision. SLDC taking the advantage of grants but back heeling the unwanted bit on to that town 30 miles away ?
The Jobs claims are laughable they are not sustainable, they are only temporary building jobs. There is not the employment capacity in Ulvie to cope with that amount of additional households.
I could also throw in that we still dont have a reasonably priced supermarket to cater for the additional households yet but that would maybe be too cynical !
Or is it that we may soon become Little Romania (formerley Known as Ulverston Cumbria)?

Posted by Ulverston Fella on 18 December 2013 at 10:56

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