Housing plan 'should be put on hold'
Last updated at 13:44, Wednesday, 14 March 2012
A CALL has been made for a controversial plan, which will outline future South Lakes housing sites, to be put on hold.
The final round of public consultation on South Lakeland District Council’s controversial Land Allocation Document is due to end on April 17.
The final draft of the plan, which will determine potential housing and business sites up to 2025, will then be submitted to the government for examination.
But Ulverston Town Council has objected to the document being submitted to the Secretary of State.
Members of the council voted to tell SLDC the document was “unsound, unfair and lacking transparency”.
Councillor James Airey, the leader of the Conservative opposition on SLDC, proposed the motion at a meeting of the town council on Monday.
He questioned the need for the 6,000 homes outlined in the plan and argued the process should be paused pending the introduction of more community-based neighbourhood plans through the government’s Localism Bill.
Cllr Airey told the meeting at Ulverston Town Hall: “We need more housing, and more affordable housing, but they need to be at sites which have community support. I think SLDC is rushing headlong into this.
“So I’m asking, essentially, for a pause for further consultation, so an understanding of how neighbourhood planning may actually help this process because, quite frankly, we shouldn’t be foisting these plans without community support.”
Cllr Airey said residents’ groups across South Lakeland had objected to the 6,000 homes and highlighted the petition against the Land Allocations Document, which can be found at www.gadag.org.uk.
Councillor Norman Bishop-Rowe said the document had designated land under which an aqueduct runs across South Lakeland.
He said: “It is high ground. The water is going to go down banks to South Ulverston. We could well have a repeat of what happened in 2009 (the floods) which was terrible. Put the brakes on now before it ruins this town for the next 40 or 50 years. They have designated development for land that was under water by the Rope Walk in 2009. It’s now housing for land – a total travesty.”
First published at 13:07, Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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SLDC should send out a poll to all residents.
These proposals must be blocked . We already have enough for sale in the area - no point building three times as many as necessary to get a third affordable homes.It is all about cash grab.
Spend years of effort affording to live in a nice area to have the green spaces and way of life ruined because:
a) I 'deserve' a nice new house on benefits
b) Where are the jobs, for this massive housing demand? And are new workers from outside going to live on a council estate?
c) There are plenty of low cost houses in Barrow and surrounding areas to rent or buy, but guess what 'you' don't want to live there because you deserve better, they are beneath you. Instead of living within your means and improving the area. 'Low cost' houses will just be put in the dumping grounds on the outskirts of towns.
d) I want lots of kids etc. when I can't afford them.
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