Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme - planning application decision
21 March 2019
Our Planning Committee has granted approval for a planning application from the Environment Agency for its Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme (Phase 1 Kendal Linear Defences, comprising works along the rivers Kent and Mint through Kendal including new and raised flood walls, new and raised flood embankments, ground raising, pumping station and associated changes to the public realm and landscaping).
The approval is subject to a decision from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government after five requests that he call in the application.
The committee heard representations from supporters and objectors before voting unanimously to agree with the recommendation to approve the application.
Councillors were told that the work would cause harm to the landscape, townscape and heritage assets, but that harm would be less than substantial and so had to be weighed against the significant public benefit of the scheme.
Councillors were also told that Phase 1 would protect homes and businesses against floods of 1-in-20-year severity, and against 1 in 100-year severity if phases 2 and 3 were completed.
Approval was granted subject to confirmation that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government does not wish to call in the application for his own determination.
We will not issue any planning permission until the Secretary of State has had an opportunity to consider fully the issues that have been raised in the requests.