Response from Mr Stuart Graham Caley (Individual)
1. Mr Stuart Graham Caley (Individual) : 6 Jun 2008 17:50:00
To which part of the Report does your representation relate?
Paragraph or Section
4.80 - 4.88 PO16 - Remaining Local Service Centres South and East - Introduction
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Suggested development in Burton in Kendal
1. West - industrial use
2. East - housing
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.
1. West - industrial. This area is not at all suitable for industrial use, even as light industry. Access to the site is very difficult - from the west the canal tunnel prohibits access by larger vehicles and from the east from Burton village there are two difficult right angle bends in the narrow road which again would hamper deliveries. There would also be the problem of increased traffic on very narrow roads. Indeed, New Road is most unsuitable for access. Mainly, however, this proposal is totally out of keeping with a rural village setting and would seriously impact on local residents.
2. East - housing. There are serious inconsistencies in your proposals: in the Suitability section you state ..."new development would be on higher land" and "access from Vicarage Lane but levels become steep". Yet in the Availability section you state it is a "level greenfield site" - it can't be both steep and level. Also the suggestion seems to be that a large area of housing would be constructed. This would dominate the village and be visually intrusive from Vicarage Lane as you state and also would be out of scale for the village and would increase traffic both on Vicarage Lane (which is very narrow at one point and has a difficult access off the A6070) and Morewood Drive which goes past the primary school and again has access problems with parents parking on the road at school times. Is there a demand for more housing in Burton? Where is the evidence? We can see that there are numerous For Sale notices in the village. Do we need more? The only need in my opinion is for some affordable houses for young locals. I doubt that this would be the development intended.
What change(s) would you suggest for this part of the Report?
1. West - industrial: if industry is needed, which is debateable, look at the development of Home Farm at Dalton- well outside the village and easy of access. Possibly Clawthorpe Hall site could be further developed with its easy access from the A6070. Why not pursue the option of industry close to the M6 near the Service Station - easy access northbound from the motorway.
2. East - housing: scrap this idea or limit it to a small development of affordable housing in a less prominent position.
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