Plan for 40 new homes for the town of the Lake District

Development of Borrans Road

Plans are underway to build 40 houses on the edge of a Lake District town.

The development east of Borrans Road, Ambleside, would include 18 homes designated for local occupancy and 22 homes listed as affordable.

District Councilor Malcolm Lamb, who represents the wards of Ambleside and Grasmere, said building local occupancy housing was ‘the only way we are going to sustain communities in the Lake District’.

“Any unfettered home is susceptible to being purchased as a second home or vacation rental, and this causes enormous damage to communities,” he said.

The housing estate would be located next to Loughrigg Park, which connects to Loughrigg Avenue.

Loughrigg Avenue resident Christina Macrae said in a representation that the avenue was no longer suitable for traffic.

“It’s already dangerous at the lower junction with Loughrigg Park, especially for pedestrians and wheelchair users,” she said. “The plan is also unsuitable for all residents of Loughrigg Park who will need to constantly monitor development. Ambleside (and all roads through) is full.

Borrans Park

Application by Atkinson Building Contractors and Home Group, seeks permission from the National Park Authority for 12 two-bedroom affordable homes, six three-bedroom affordable homes, four one-bedroom affordable apartments, five occupancy homes four-bedroom local, 12 three-bedroom local occupancy houses and one two-bedroom local occupancy bungalow.

The plan calls for 82 on-site parking spaces and a new access road.

A Heritage, Design and Access Statement submitted by Align Property Partners in support of the application states that the land in question is approximately 11,000 square meters and is subject to periodic grazing and mowing.

The statement says the development “would require the removal of a mature tree near the southern boundary.”

“However, this tree is not subject to a tree protection order and has already suffered structural damage,” it says.

“Planting of retained/established boundaries will be enhanced with additional planting of native tree species to help minimize the visual impact of development and provide additional wildlife habitat.

“The trees will be planted at a ‘standard’ size so that the landscaping has a more immediate impact.”

The statement says “it is further envisaged that the boundaries will be further strengthened by the planting of additional hedges”.

Daniel E. Murphy