Just to let Cockermouth know that Story Homes have submitted plans for 224 houses on the hill side of Slate Fell. Go to Allerdale Borough Council web sites search Planning applications and put in ref number 2/2018/0155 to have a look at what they want to build. If you feel that 224 is more houses than this town needs please Object.site plan 1site plan 2
We had a bit of rain last night and today and Tom Rudd beck did what it always does, inspite of Story homes constantly saying that it doesn’t flood.
See The Otters of Tom Rudd Beck Facebook page or our’s and see a video of Tom Rudd Beck Not Flooding.
The Youth Hostel Double Mills is to be sold, which is fine as it would be good thing so this land mark of the town isn’t lost, but what is concerning is the beach area at the former youth hostel is to be sold off by Cockermouth town council. No longer will it be a local public resource for bathing and leisure on sunny days.
A definitive footpath map showing the path past the former youth hotel and beyond.
Cockermouth Town Council has applied for a stopping order to prevent members of the public from reaching the river at this popular local beauty spot. You can protest by contacting the Highways Dept. of CCC and saying you object to the application for a stopping order in respect of footpath no. 223020. Email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your reasons for objecting.
Surely this should be decided at an open council meeting, where the people of Cockermouth can have a say. Maybe a protective covenants should be put in place to keep open a public right of way to the river bank and beach area for the people of Cockermouth.
Strawberry How, Tom Rudd beck and the pathways around there have been restricted and closed by devlopers without consulation. Lets not let this happen again.
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