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New rounds of consultation on three development sites

Building plans
 

2 June 2016

New rounds of consultation on the draft planning guidance for the development of housing and employment land at three key sites in Kendal and Grange-over-Sands will start this month.

South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC’s) Cabinet yesterday (1 June) approved the start of a six-week consultation period to run from 9 June, 2016, to 21 July, 2016, for the draft development briefs for land at:

·         West of High Sparrowmire, Kendal

·         North of Laurel Gardens, Kendal

·         South of Allithwaite Road, Kent’s Bank, Grange-over-Sands

This new round of consultation follows on from a 10-week consultation on the three sites during the winter of 2015/16, and offers people the chance to have their say on the draft development briefs that have now been prepared.

Open-day events, with proposals on display and planning officers present to answer questions, will be taking place during this latest consultation period at venues close to the sites.

SLDC is one of the first councils in the North West to have completed a Local Plan which allocates sites to meet the district’s need for housing or business and employment developments. The Local Plan supports the key council plan commitment to enable the delivery of 1,000 new higher paid jobs and 1,000 new affordable homes for rent by 2025.

Development briefs have so far been prepared for eight key sites across the district to guide issues such as the design, layout, access and green space provision.

Once adopted the development briefs become supplementary planning documents. This means that they inform and guide developers and other interested groups about the constraints and opportunities presented by a site and the type of development that would be expected or encouraged by the planning authority.

Previously adopted development briefs have looked to protect and enhance the heritage and character of sites, as well as ensuring any development promotes high quality building design, and includes landscaping and green areas to protect and enhance the natural environment.

The draft development briefs prepared for the three sites in Kendal and Grange-over-Sands set out proposed requirements and guidance for the development of the sites and have taken account of the results of the earlier round of consultation, carried out between December 2015 and February this year.

Once all the comments on this round of consultation have been taken into account council officers will make any amendments to the development brief and a final version of the brief will go the council’s Cabinet to consider the brief for adoption.

Councillor Jonathan Brook, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Housing and Innovation, said: “The principle of development on the sites has already been agreed through an independent examination.

“This new round of consultation on these three sites will give residents the opportunity to come forward with comments that can help shape the type of development and what it will look like.

“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 briefs.

“This development brief process provides an additional opportunity for residents to get involved beyond that contained in the normal planning process and would not have been available had the council not committed to the preparation of development briefs for these sites.

“This highlights once again the benefits of adopting the Local Plan and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the highest quality outcomes for our communities.’’

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For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

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