Local Development Framework Consultation
Response from Mr Michael Roberts (Individual)
1. Mr Michael Roberts (Individual) : 8 Jul 2008 15:10:00
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.
Your planning assumptions start with a highly significant element, namely, that South Lakeland 'needs' 9000 new homes by 2025. If this is wrong, all the following 'needs' are wrong too.
In your article, I do not understand your arithmetic: 4000 people moving to South Lakeland in the next 20 years apparently would require 8000 households. If the average family is still 2.2 people, then 4000 people will only need 1818 houses. Who is going to live in the other 6182 houses? Even if the 400 affordable houses are required by existing South Lakeland families, and not by the incoming 4000 people, the 9000 home number looks an enormous overestimate.
Before you inflict such major changes on lovely towns like Kirkby Lonsdale, I trust you have your numbers correct.