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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Ulverston residents voice their anger over home plan

ANGRY Ulverston residents questioned planning officials over a decision to include a green space in development plans.

Dozens of people attended a public meeting at the Parish Rooms in Church Walk, Ulverston, on Wednesday evening to argue extra houses built on fields between Mowings Lane and Union Lane would cause congestion and road safety problems.

The fields are included in SLDC’s land allocation document, which highlights land that could be used to meet the area’s housing needs.

Councillors will decide whether or not to adopt the document at a meeting on Tuesday. They will not be able to make amendments, but will have to decide whether to reject the plans or adopt them in their entirety.

Planners had left the Mowings Lane site off their original draft amid fears the already congested Union Lane would not be able to cope with extra traffic.

But officers from Cumbria County Council’s highways department later ruled the road could theoretically cope with additional development and the fields were added to the plan following an appeal from the landowner.

Councillor James Airey pledged to vote against adopting the plan next week because of his concerns about the document.

He said: “At the moment, there is no application received for this piece of land and as your elected representative I will go to the planning committee and make sure your concerns are heard and make sure that planning inspectors come and look at the area properly. I think it’s a shame this land has been included but nothing is set in stone.”

Peter Williamson, 76, of Union Lane said: “Access for emergency service vehicles are of paramount importance.

“There could come a time when fire engines and ambulances won’t be able to get in.

“This is going to jam up the whole of north west Ulverston and there could be fatalities. It’s madness.”

Ceri Hutton, of pressure group Keep Ulverston Special, said: “We know there is a presumption in favour of sustainable development but there is nothing sustainable at all about a development by people who just want to make a lot of money which then clogs up our streets.”

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