Response from Mr Ray Richardson, Natland & Oxenholme Village Hall Management Committee
1. Mr Ray Richardson, Natland & Oxenholme Village Hall Management Committee : 8 May 2008 11:09:00
To which part of the Report does your representation relate?
Paragraph or Section
The Preferred Option - PO11 - Kendal Functional Area
Please state as clearly as you can the exact part of the Report you are commenting on by quoting the page number (if known), paragraph number, option name or number, or the number of the map, figure or table.
Pages 119 to 138
Para. 6 East Natland
Do you support, oppose or have an observation about this part of the Report?
Please write your comment or explain your reasons for supporting or opposing this part of the Report. You may also wish to refer to the tests of soundess in the glossary of the Preferred Options document before making your comments.
I oppose for the following reasons:-
The development of this site is unsustainable for a number of reasons:-
The development would in effect join the villages of Oxenholme and Natland and Natland would become part of Kendal. When viewed from the Helm it is obvious and the so called green gap at the top of Oxenholme Road/Burton Road would have no effect.
The development on this site up to the railway line would increase the village population and area by a great amount and ruin the village as a village. In effect it would become a dormitory for Kendal.
The existing roads around Longmeadow Lane were constructed as local estate roads and will not cater for the increase traffic.
The entrances to the village are narrow and such a massive increase in traffic would be bound to cause problems especially at school times with children being driven in to school. While if appreciate that children should walk the reality is that children are dropped off on the way to work.
There are high radon readings in the area and further development will only put more people at risk.
What change(s) would you suggest for this part of the Report?
The East Natland area should be designated as a green gap
Please use this space if you wish to set out a new option for consideration.
A small scale estate behind the Vicarage/Park Close would be more acceptable providing it is constructed by a Housing Association so as to be really affordable. It would also enhance the village and keep the village within bounds.
Further small scale development could take place opposite the nursery gardens which again would keep the village with bounds and not give rise to urban sprawl.
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