GERALD’S SEPTEMBER 2016 BLOG

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Allan Airey of Gressingham who at the time of writing is in hospital in Lancaster. Allan a keen bell ringer has been ringing church bells up and down the Lune Valley for almost forty years. Hurry up back, Allan – Sunday morning is not the same

Dennis Westmorland is back playing his very own Lakeland style of music for dancing in Whittington Village Hall on Saturday 3 September at 8pm in aid of Lupton Church. The entertainment is first class even if you don’t dance.

The positioning of the road signs warning of the traffic lights at Sellet Mill leave a lot to be desired. Three of them are placed on the apex of a corner in the road and are causing more of a hazard than the actual road works. Do the people who position them not realise the danger they are causing motorists?

You hardly realise it is the school holidays – there are no children around. Have they lost the ability to play? When we were their age we were helping in the hay field, playing cricket, swimming in the river, going for walks and exploring the countryside.
It was a wonderful time – not much money, we never went away on holiday, but at least we were never bored and could always find ways of enjoying the summer break.

Sarah Pettifor enjoyed her summer holidays by appearing, with her mother Anne, on the popular BBC programme “Pointless”. It is nice to be able to report that they did better in their ultimate appearance than they did in the penultimate one. Ed.

Whittington Farm Development

The next meeting of the Lancaster City Council Planning Committee is on Mon 19 September at 10:30, in Lancaster Town Hall.

The expected list of attendees can be viewed at: Attendance

This would be the next opportunity for a decision to be announced on the Outline Planning Application 16/00397/OUT in respect of 18 dwellings and the conversion of a barn, to a mixed used Dwelling and Shop/Tea Room.

To view the details of the Application visit: Application details.  To see all the documents in the Application click on the “Related Documents” Tab and then click on the link “View Associated Documents”.  At todays date there are three pages and a total of 70 documents, including all the plans. Note: You can make a comment on the Application by clicking on the “Make a comment” link.

Villagers will be aware that Rural Solutions, on behalf of Whittington Farm, supplied a questionnaire to all properties in the village.

Out of a Parish of 150 properties only 31 bothered to complete and returned the form.  Of those only five households indicated a need to move, either now or within the next five years.  Only two of these were likely to need affordable housing, the others already owned mortgage free properties.  The report on this survey, by the Housing Strategy Officer, Planning and Housing Policy Team. Can be viewed on this blog in full by using this link : Housing Policy Team.

DRAGONS HEAD PLANNING REFUSAL

Lancaster City Council Planning Committee have refused the planning application made on behalf of Simon Nutter, for the following reasons.

1. The site is located within a small rural settlement with very limited services and as such is not considered to be sustainable in terms of its location. It is not considered that a sufficient and robust justification has been put forward to justify four new dwellings in this unsustainable location and it is likely that the proposal could have a detrimental impact on the viability and vitality of the pub business which it proposes to support. The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular the Core Planning Principles and Sections 6 and 8, Policy SCI of Lancaster District Core Strategy and Policies DM20, DM42 and DM49 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.

2. The proposed alterations and extension to the barn do not respect the agricultural character and appearance of the building and would result in an overly domestic appearance. The design and layout of the new dwellings do not relate well to the surrounding built heritage and fail to provide an appropriate level of private amenity space, including in relation to the barn conversion, and will lead to pressure on mature boundary trees. It is therefore considered that the proposal does not represent good design and is contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular the Core Planning Principles, Section 7, and Section 12, and policies DM8, DM31, DM32, DM33, DM35 and DM42 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.

3. As a result of increased traffic movements and poor visibility at the site’s entrance, the application has failed to demonstrate that it will benefit from a safe access point onto the public highway. The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular Section 4, and policies DM20 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.

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