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‘Share your local knowledge’ for South Lakes homes schemes

COMMUNITIES in South Lakeland are being asked to share their local knowledge ahead of major developments which could bring hundreds of new homes to the area.

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SITE Land at Croftlands in Ulverston, above, which has been earmarked for new houses. Inset, Cllr Jonathan Brook

Starting this week, Ulverston residents will suggest ideas for a new rules governing what property developers can and can’t do in their neighbourhoods.

South Lakeland District Council approved its local plan in December last year.

It includes plans for 1,200 homes to be built in and around Ulverston, including major housing developments either side of Croftlands and on land at Cross-a-Moor in Swarthmoor.

Now, planning officials are calling on the public to help them minimise the impact the new housing estates will have on the town.

A month-long period of public consultation has been opened, during which time local people are asked to help draft rough planning guidelines, known as development briefs.

The briefs set out rules governing major development sites.

An SLDC planning spokesman said: “Development briefs will form supplementary planning guidance, which the council will take into account when considering planning applications.

“The briefs will inform developers and other interested groups of the constraints and opportunities presented by each site.”

Councillor Jonathan Brook, portfolio holder for strategic growth, said: “This is a way that residents of South Lakeland can get involved and have their say on the development of these significant sites.

“We welcome suggestions on important issues such as accessibility, landscaping, design and site layout.

“Such local knowledge and information will help to shape the look and feel of these important sites.”

The consultation will take place in two rounds, the first of which will be open until Monday March 31.

A second more formal consultation will be held later this year.

The public will be able to have their say at a series of drop in sessions.

The Cross-a-Moor development will be discussed at the Football Club at Park Road, Swarthmoor on Tuesday February 25.

The expansion of Croftlands will be considered at the Coronation Hall on Monday March 17.

Planning officers will be on hand to discuss issues from 11am to 7pm on each day. Comments can also be left on the SLDC website.

Have your say

With a gradually shrinking population, surely there are sufficent brownfield sites ripe for redevelopment without resorting to building an additional 1,200 properties. In an area with around 25% unemployment, who is going to move to the area?

Posted by Neil Probert on 19 February 2014 at 15:55

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