Dissolution with Councillors and the system.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/TomRuddOtters

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Tom Rudd Beck is getting contaminated by Story Homes

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.

Article from the News and Star website 8th March 2017

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

Public consultation by Story Homes for phase two of the development at Strawberry How, Cockermouth.
Sara and Stan Field from Cockermouth look over the plans
Pic Tom Kay Monday 6th March 2017 

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

Story Homes on the move again

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.

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Oh it rained today

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.

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At three o’clock today Tom Rudd was thundering through the Cemetery towards town.

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Water, water everywhere.

 

Story Homes have at last it seems admitted there’s quite a lot of water in this area.

Planning amendment

2/2016/0670 

Land Off
Strawberry How Road
Cockermouth
Cumbria
Variation of condition 2 relating to approved plans on planning approval 2/2014/0381. Amendments are sought to the original scheme 

What this doesn’t say is that these amendments are all about removing surface water from and protecting the development. Go to the Allerdale website have a read, see where you think all the water is going to go. Look at amendment 73 for instance.

  In addition to the drainage schemes already approved they are proposing an extra cutting to allow excess surface water to flow directly into Tom Rudd beck. This means extra water will flow quickly and straight away when rainfall is heavy into Tom Rudd beck which then flows into the river Cocker and then the Derwent at a time when they themselves are likely to be very full and at risk of flooding. As the photos below show and locals know, excess water for decades has flooded the fields either side of the beck, that is what a flood plain does, it then holds the water and slowly releases into the beck.

Story Homes seem to be saying that the extent of flooding was only apparent following the December floods of 2015. This is untrue as detailed photographs were provided by objectors of the flooding on this site in the summer of 2014 prior to the planning meeting. This we were told by the developer had been taken into account. Also after heavyish rainfall in February 2015 this is what Story’s plot 76 and 77 looked like. (these photos and others were again shown to planning officers). Meetings were also held on site where this issue was detailed. The developer at this stage said this had been taken into account. By this application the developer has shown this was not the case.

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date taken 07.03.2014

All this would go down the berm straight into Tom Rudd beck, see flood risk alleviation plan and what Story Homes say below

Strawberry How Development

Flood Risk Assessment Addendum 19-08-2016
Flood Risk Alleviation to North East Corner of Development

Existing Flood Risk:

During December 2015 the north eastern perimeter of the Strawberry How site suffered flooding from overland pluvial flows from the eastern field. The existing Tom Rudd Beck to the north also flooded but did not breach the existing bridle path embankment that bounds the northern perimeter of the site.

The pluvial flow from the eastern fields cut across the north east corner of the site near to where proposed plots 76 and 77 are to be constructed and travelled down the existing pedestrian former railway embankment gaining access to the watercourse.

Proposed Alleviation Measures:

Although the fluvial risk from the watercourse has been further mitigated by raising the proposed plot levels in that area, there is still potential for possible future pluvial flows from the east onto landscaped development site areas. The flows would potentially pond to the east of dwelling 76 and 77, causing a dam situation between the new and existing raised embankments.

To further mitigate the risk of possible future flooding from the pluvial flows the intention is to create a berm cutting approximately 1m wide within the existing pedestrian embankment. This will allow a through route and further safeguard the dwellings in that area by directing pluvial flows away from the development and to the northern side of the embankment gaining access towards the Tom Rudd Beck.

Please write and object to these amendments Story homes need to do more to protect the town not just their development.

It never ends!!

Our beautiful green fields have been reduced to this and now they want more.

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Very recently this appeared on the site…..

 

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Which was very strange because Story doesn’t have planning permission for a sales office or the advertising billboards or the parking needed.

A complainant was made to the planning dept. and low and behold an application has now gone in, for this and additional things like flag poles, larger advertising signs and signage with lights.

If you consider this a step too far and yet another eyesore on our countryside please object on the Allerdale website

Application

2/2016/0489