Response from Mrs Val Brodie (Individual)
1. Mrs Val Brodie (Individual) : 3 Jul 2008 14:57:00
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.
cannot help but feel that providing so many houses on 42 ha of land means that the density of housing is very large which may, to some extent, be necessary to provide "affordable" housing; also where are the jobs for all these occupants - as is pointed out in the document, Kendal is now dependent on low paid jobs in the tourist industry due to the loss of value jobs over the years. Making Kendal some sort of food haven and an "arts" centre, laudable though it may be, does not strike me as being a way of providing high value jobs for our young people who are increasingly having to seek jobs away from the area. Interesting, the houses that were being built on the Webbs site have come to a full stop, presumably because they were not selling!
Does the plan to use the Brewery as part of the new university mean that Kendal will lose it's only theatre and cinema - or at the very least reduce the facility for use by the general public? If it means that the centre will become more viable with exciting and interesting productions - well done.
wish to object to the proposed development of the field behind Briery Meadows. When the existing development was approved, as I remember, the total number of houses was reduced from the original planned development because of concerns regarding additional traffic on Burneside Road. The traffic lights at the junction of Burneside Road with Windermere Road were put in place to alleviate consequential tail-backs that would occur due to this increased traffic.
I understand that there is also a development planned for land behind Croppers Mill in Burneside. The Briery Meadows proposal would increase traffic to an unacceptable level, but if you add on the Burneside village proposal, then the road will be beyond breaking point, especially at peak times. Apart from the extra traffic, there is the additional noise and pollution which concerns me a great deal. Burneside Road, and its off-shoots, is a residential area and already has to put up with the numbers of lorries using Burneside Road to access Croppers.
Along with the above concerns, I would be interested to know what infrastructure plans are in place to cope with all the extra families, ie doctors, dentists, schools, shops, not to mention parking in town when so many locals are already experiencing severe difficulties. In short, has this been thought through?