Response from Mr Mark Tennant (Individual)
1. Mr Mark Tennant (Individual) : 29 May 2008 11:20:00
To which part of the Report does your representation relate?
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4.46 - 4.51 PO13 - Grange-Over-Sands Functional Area 2025 - You Told Us and Introduction
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.
OPTION 3 ALTERNATIVE DIRECTIONS OF GROWTH, PART 8 EAST CARTMEL- PIT FARM/ ORCHARD CLOSE
ALSO TBLE 5 (PAGE 161) NO.4 EAST CARTMEL-LAND TO WEST OF PIT FARM
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.
My objections to this element of the strategy relate to the specific location and numbers of houses proposed.
I am a supporter of the need to have more social housing in Cartmel and surrounding area. The benefits of such development would require and therefore benefit the whole community:
• Improved road access
• Increase in the capacity of local primary school (extension or rebuild)
• Pavements improved and accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs (drop curbs)
• Parking restrictions
• Improved street lighting
• Youth provision and amenities
• Bus service that enables workers to get from Grange Station after 5pm
• More capacity in Primary Health provision
There is no doubt social housing provided in the right numbers and location would help to address a demographic in balance in the area and supply housing for a workforce to maintain services. The social cohesion of the village however must be maintained and locating all houses at one side of the village will compound a sense of 2 communities not 1.
The proposed location adjacent to Orchard close is not ideal for major development due to a number of reasons principally access through Orchard Close.
• The entrance from Aynsome road is narrow not wide enough for 2 vehicles to get in and out at the same time.
• Pedestrians are already forced to use the road as pavements are 2 narrow.
• The road passes throught he main car parks of the close.
• Due to lack of safe areas for children to play and the need to keep young children within sight means car parks and roads are used as play areas. At the moment this is in relative safety due to the residents awareness and low volume of traffic.
The view that the location would have low visual impact is strange to say the least. For who!
• Those decending Haggs lane to the village will see the development. The first view for many of the village will be a large housing development.
• Those on Hamsfell looking down will see it.
• Those houses adjacent to the development and looking over.
I agree those living in old Cartmel or the other side will not be impacted visually.
The remark that there is little elevation on the site is subjective. The centre of the field is considerably higher than the surrounding bungalows who would be towered over if houses were built.
Successful housing developments have been predominately small in nature larger estates have been shown to be troublesome.
The purpose of the strategy for the Grange Area is based around Grange being a Local Service centre drawing on a population 1.5km from the town. Admittedly Orchard close is the nearest location to Grange but this is not to the centre of Grange. Also access is along a steep unpathed road making access all but impossible for those without transport. My understanding of a local service centre would be that access is within walking distance. Many issues laid out in this strategy are linked to the need to improve Grange in a number of ways, one being a shift in the demographics and revival of the community. Addressing Grange towns needs for housing and demographic balance will not be met by locating the houses on the periphery.
What change(s) would you suggest for this part of the Report?
Any housing built in the Cartmel area should be located in a number of small clusters not in one location. Infrastructure should be in place before development.
Please use this space if you wish to set out a new option for consideration.
Small development of houses in Cartmel spread on a number of sites.
More housing located in Grange itself.
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