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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Strawberry How, new Information!!

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?

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Have a look for yourselves.

Rights of way Strawberry How to Slate Fell

MapsAndAerialImage        WCA8 form

These are links to the form and evidence maps. The email I gave you in previous post is still correct but this lady has gone on holiday.

Here is an address for hard copies to be sent, which may be best as the form needs signing and it will save you rescanning it to sent is as an email.

Cumbria County Council
Countryside Access
The Parkhouse Building
Kingmoor Business Park
Carlisle

Rights of way through Strawberry How to Slate Fell fields

Right of way through from Strawberry How to Slate Fell Estate

If you feel that the restricted access created by Story Homes on Strawberry How is not right please fill in this form and return to Sandra.Pattinson@cumbria.gov.uk

Witness statement and or evidence of the path ways being used for more than 20yrs would be great. Here are maps and an aerial image that can go with your form. It would be good to mention that this path is used to get from a to b, Strawberry How to Slate Fell Estate and not just a dog walking path.

WCA8 form   MapsAndAerialImage

Destruction of Strawberry How

The blue nets are down; good news you say, but NO Story are ripping the hedgerow out today right now. The 8 nests that were in the hedge have strangely gone, including one that had a sitting bird on eggs just last week. Did you know that birds take their nests with them when their babies have fledge?

Sad day indeed.