Yesterday the Planning panel gave Story Homes permission to discharge surface water from their site at Strawberry How Cockermouth directly into the Tom Rudd Beck without even establishing a limit on the volume. Tom Rudd Beck is a fast rising beck that goes into the River Cocker then on into the River Derwent. They got the original planning permission on the strength that they would follow the Environment Agency guidelines of keeping surface water on site to slowly drain into the beck.
This amendment was deliberately place in among other more minor amendments that Story homes were applying for. Meaning that Councillors couldn’t vote on each amendment separately, as one Councillor wanted to. So the vote was 5 for and 5 against with the Chair again having the casting vote, which no surprise he cast in favour of Story Homes. This now means that Story Homes have carte blanch to handle the surface water however they wish to protect their development.
We had a good summer last year and possibly the driest winter ever, my warning is they haven’t seen anything yet, not to mention what is going to happen when they start building 224 houses on fields Slate Fell side of the beck, as they kept reminding everyone they already have permission for.
Back to the beck, it is lovely little river full of wild life including Otters, for now. To know how things are with the area please follow The Others of Tom Rudd Beck on Facebook.
Please see our Facebook page for an article and video from Otters of Tom Rudd Beck Facebook page or just go straight to their page. It has lots of lovely footage of the wildlife in and around Tom Rudd Beck including Otters.
This contamination is something we feared was going to happen and in fact highlighted it in our article ‘ Oh it rained today ‘ The wonderful wild life of the Beck will not fair well if this continues.
This will not end if Story Homes get the go ahead to build 224 more houses on the Slate Fell fields. Planning Application not in yet, so watch this space.
Have a read if you didn’t catch it in the newspaper today. Things that Story Homes deem acceptable, really aren’t.
Public turn out to view plans for 224 new homes on Cumbrian town estate
Controversial plans for 224 new homes on a Cockermouth housing estate went on show in the town.
Eight-six people viewed the plans for Strawberry Grange, which is being built by Story Homes at Strawberry How.
Concerns were raised about flooding, traffic and the effect of such a big development on town services. Many people said there was no need for so many new homes.
The company already has full planning permission for 96 homes, which are being built on the estate, and outline permission for another 224.
It is preparing to submit detailed plans for those with outline permission.
A public exhibition was held at Saints Rooms, Kirkgate, as part of a two-week consultation process.
Sara Field, of Grayson Close, Cockermouth, attended with her father, Stan Field.
“I’m horrified, we do not need any more houses in town. These used to be beautiful green fields, so much hedgerow has been ripped out,” said Miss Field.
“I think everyone feels so jaded. We can all leave our comments but it will still go ahead, as it did last time.”
Mr Field, a retired architect, added: “They will create a flood risk for those downstream.”
Gillian Telford, of Cockermouth, said: “I’m very concerned about this development: the size, position and – this is my biggest concern – the impact it will have on our water courses.
“This will add to problems which already exist.”
Brian Mitchelhill, of Cockermouth, was also against the plans.
“I have never agreed with this development and think it will cause interminable traffic problems,” he said.
“I would ask all the parties involved to reconsider having a link road to the A66.”
Story Homes’ development planner Adam McNally was at the event.
“We have proven that the access off Strawberry How Road is acceptable.
“We did a thorough transport assessment and looked into its impact on the town infrastructure. The outcome was that there is enough capacity in the network,” he said.
“We will not be increasing the flood risk within the town. We have put a number of measures in place, such as the SUD ponds.
“This means the outfall from the site is certainly no worse than the existing situation.”
He said he felt there was demand for new homes. So far 658 people have signed up to the Strawberry Grange mailing list, and more than 100 people went to the showroom opening on Saturday.
People can view information about the plans and download comment forms on the Story Homes website.
News and Star 8 March 2017 11:05AM
Having ruined the environment at Strawberry How and destroyed the green fields, Story Homes are now after the fields on Slate Fell. Gone will be a great walk up Slate Fell across the field and the houses on Slate Fell Estate will join up with Strawberry How Rd. It will be houses as far as the eye can see.
There is a consultation meeting that Story are having in all saints rooms on 6th March 2017 regarding phase 2 strawberry Grange, they intend to put in a planning application for phase 2.
HAVE YOUR SAY,
6TH MARCH 3.00PM TO 7.00PM, ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL.
A few months ago United Utilities were checking the sewage drains and surface water drains on the Riverdale Estate because there was a rise in pollution levels in the river Cocker.
Today after just one day of heavier rain this was what was running off the development site at Strawberry How into Tom Rudd Beck then into the river Cocker maybe United Utilities should be investigates here. Isn’t this contamination of the river system. This didn’t happen until they started disturbing the ecology of the area.
At three o’clock today Tom Rudd was thundering through the Cemetery towards town.
Amendments have been made to application 2/2016/0670
An “existing culvert” has been found going through the Railway Embankment, strangely enough in exactly the same place as the Berm that Story were applying to cut into the Railway embankment. They now want to reinstate it?
Either way a Berm cut or “Existing Culvert” reinstated, the out come is the same, more water flowing at speed into the Tom Rudd Beck instead of being held back and slowly seeping into the beck.
And what of further down stream?
Have a look for yourselves.