Strawberry How in the picture again

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.

Not a Flood Zone

See The Otters of Tom Rudd Beck Facebook page  or our’s and see a video of Tom Rudd Beck Not Flooding.

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Protective covenants called for, for river access by Former youth Hostel area

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 betterhighways.carlisle@cumbria.gov.uk 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.

Map showing footpath

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