High Sparrowmire 24 Affordable Houses

South Lakeland to sign off 150 homes

Chloé Vaughan

Three schemes totalling 147 homes are set to be signed off at South Lakeland’s planning committee on 31 October.

The first is for a hybrid application for an affordable housing scheme of 24 homes with one self-build home on a 1.8-acre site north of High Sparrowmire in Kendal, currently used for agricultural grazing. Under the application, full planning is sought for the affordable homes with outline permission for the self-built home.

This will mark the third time this scheme has been before the committee since its initial application in 2018. The first was for an outline application for the scheme, the second was for an extension to the boundary line, and the third was for the reduction in number of houses from 26 down to 25. The site is already allocated for housing under the Land Allocations Development Plan policy.

Letters have been received by the council regarding this scheme, with 31 letters of objection, one of support, and three neutral. Objections raised were regarding the plans for the surface water treatment, sewage infrastructure, the ground conditions, increase of traffic, and the impact it will have on the landscape.

The developer is South Lakes Housing and the architect is ID Partnership Northern.

Under Barrow Road 84 Houses

A proposal for 84 homes on a 12.9-acre site to the south of Under Barrow Road in Kendal is also set for approval. The site is part of a larger area of land allocated for residential development as part of the South Lakeland Land Allocations Development Plan policy.

The scheme has 17 affordable units which represents a 20% provision. This is below the council’s 35% required provision, and nine letters of objection have been received with this as a point of contention. Other issues raised include the scheme’s contribution to traffic in the area and the level of urbanisation it will bring. One letter of support was also received.

The developer is Oakmere Homes and Kate Bellwood Associates acted as the planning consultant. KBA also provided the designs for the scheme.

Holbeck Homes Cartmel Scheme

 

The previously deferred plans for 39 homes at land south of Haggs Lane in Cartmel is also back on the agenda.

The adjacent Cartmel Quaker Meeting House, which ists in the north west corner of the site, was granted grade two-listed status in April this year. Because of this, councillors recommended further scrutiny at committee to be considered as the site “does not contribute to the evidential value and significance of the asset.”

Late representation of the site was received on 25 September which only gave the committee one day to consider the impact of the site, and so the scheme was pushed back to October’s committee.

The scheme is once again recommended for approval, with a final decision delegated to the council’s director of people and places.

The developer, Holbeck Homes, has said that due to “abnormal costs”, the affordable housing provision had to be reduced from 14 homes to eight, which represents a 20% affordable provision.

These costs include £309,248 for its abnormal foundations due to topography of the site; £128,735 to retain walls to accommodate necessary changes in site levels; £123,737 for earthworks due to the site’s topography; £102,518 for decorative railings and feature stone walls; £80,000 for surface water pumping; £61,875 for attenuation tanks; £48,937 for the demolition and rebuild of natural stone walls; £25,000 for lowering and alteration services on Haggs Lane; £19,421 for landscape buffering; £10,689 for archaeology; and £6,900 for landscape maintenance costs.

MSPL Planning and Design is the architect on the scheme. Smith Love Planning Consultants replaced Garner Planning in January this year as the planning consultants.

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