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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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New consultation to launch into new homes near Ulverston

A NEW six week consultation is to launch over building new homes near Ulverston.

At a meeting today (Wednesday, 23 July) members of South Lakeland District Council’s Cabinet voted to begin a second six week consultation on a draft development brief for land at Cross-a-Moor, Swarthmoor.

The council has developed a local plan to meet the district’s housing and employment needs, which has involved earmarking certain sites for housing or business developments.

The Cross-a-Moor site is one such site and will provide enough space for about 161 homes. The site is located north west of Swarthmoor and north of Cross-a-Moor, running alongside the A590.

Its key features will include the creation of a new village edge to Swarthmoor, which is connected to the existing residential community. In line with council policy the site will be required to provide 35% of dwellings as affordable.

The vision for the development includes maintaining a close relationship with the neighbouring Pennington Memorial Hall and Pennington Nursery and making a feature of the views to the Furness Fells and Hoad Hill.

The draft development brief sets out proposed requirements and guidance for the development of the site and has taken account of the interim consultation, carried out between February and March this year, which raised key issues including:

• Concerns about traffic impact from the new housing development on

the site for the A590 Main Road and Pennington Lane junctions and

how this will be managed

• Clarity required regarding how the site will be accessed

• Support for new green spaces with multi-functional use on the site that are

accessible to all and connected to surrounding locality

• Support for a range of house types that are sympathetic to adjacent buildings, and the wider character of the area and which not built at an intensive scale

• Support for landscaping with a new soft boundary along west/north

west edge of the site.

The new six week public consultation on the draft development brief will take place from 14 August to 25 September 2014. An open-day event, with proposals on display and planning officers present to answer questions, will take place on Tuesday, 9 September, from 11am to 7pm at Swarthmoor Football Club, Park Road, Swarthmoor.

Councillor Jonathan Brook, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Strategic Growth, said: “We live in an area with a high quality natural environment. We recognise that proposed building on greenfield sites such as Cross-a-Moor is a process where the public should be given the chance to put forward their views.

“South Lakeland District Council aims to minimise the impact of any development and consult as widely as possible. The shape, look and feel of the eventual development will be based on the ideas that come forward in this process.

“Any building on the Cross-a-Moor site will have to take the contents of the finalised development brief into account. This process is additional to that contained in the normal planning process and would not be available had the site not been included in the land allocations process. We would urge all local residents to make use of this opportunity and to come forward with their comments and suggestions to inform the final brief.’’

SLDC deputy leader and Mid-Furness representative Councillor Janet Willis, said: “I was pleased to see the that the Cross-a-Moor site draft Development Brief highlights the concerns and suggestions made by residents, particularly with regards to the Cross–a-Moor junction.

“This brief would not exist had this site not been included in the Local Plan. Today’s decision gives local residents a further opportunity to influence any development that takes place here. I would encourage everyone who lives locally or indeed uses the A590 through Swarthmoor to get involved in this consultation and have their say.”

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