Local Development Framework Consultation
Response from Mrs P Riley (Individual)
1. Mrs P Riley (Individual) : 8 Jul 2008 15:04:00
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.
Hampsfell development plans-Grange over Sands
We wish to register our objections to SLDC plans to build houses/work units on hampsfell and believe this would be wrong for the following reasons:-
1 Grange Fell Road is narrow and steep with no footpath and a blind bend near the fields. To construct access roads would require major reshaping of the Fell road resulting in complete loss of its rural character.
2 It is the wrong place to build homes for elderly or young families at the top of a very steep hill. Car journeys would be necessary for shopping etc as there are no shops or post offices locally and cycling is virtually impossible. Traffic on the Fell is already heavy and will be increased by the proposals to build houses in the field next to the fell church and further exacerbated by the plans for Hampsfell.
3 There would be an increased risk of flooding to properties below the sloping fields. Three houses close to the Fell Post Office were flooded in last years rains, as water poured in torrents from the fields .
4 It would totally alter the wonderful scenery around the foot of Fell End and Hampsfell making it less attractive to tourists - a major industry in this area.
5 Building here would completely change the history of this place. Fields have been here for centuries, still showing limestone walls and field patterns typical of the area. Once this is lost, it cannot be replaced.
6 Homes and businesses would be better placed near the town centre, close to shopping facilities, Post Office, Banks, Railway, etc,.