Local Development Framework Consultation
Response from Ms Marian Armstrong (Individual)
1. Ms Marian Armstrong (Individual) : 30 Mar 2012 10:11:00
LA1.3 Housing Allocations - All Levens sites
2.1 Do you consider that the South Lakeland District Council Land Allocations DPD is sound?
2.3 Please give details of the change(s) you consider necessary to make the South Lakeland District Council Land Allocations DPD sound, having regard to the test you have identified at question 2.2 above.
It would be helpful if you could state your proposed change to the DPD and the reasons why you think it is necessary.
I would like to register that I am in agreement with points raised at a recent meeting of Levens Residents Group in connect on with the Development Plan.
I endorse the points made at this meeting
As far as grounds of soundness (raised at that meeting and outlined in South Lakeland News Spring 2012) it concerns me that a great deal is left to conjecture on a long-term scale on the soundness of this plan.
It seems to rely too heavily on the speculation of potential contractors for the building of affordable houses (subject to the take- up executive, full cost housing) giving too little attention to employment availability in the locality and thus the possibility to find sufficient people who will be in a position to qualify to benefit. Considering the economic uncertainty within the time scale how likely are local independent builders to be in a position to undertake this sort of commitment. Surely this will play into the hands of larger contractors who can afford to speculate and invest long term. This does not seem to me to engage the desired spirit of encouraging local people and would seem likely to miss an opportunity to provide much desired employment prospects.