/ NEWS: National Park Extensions - Inquiry Underway
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Presumably a national park (in England and Wales anyway) just has more regulations regarding new buildings/roads, rather than an outright ban on development?
Taking out the sarcasm - could you explain what you mean? Do you think house prices will rise in the 'new' areas? Do you think this is a good or a bad thing? What benefits do you envisage for, say, the residents of Kirkby Lonsdale?
I haven't got an axe to grind either way, just curious as to the arguments for and against expansion.
Presumably prices will go up because the properties will be viewed as more desirable. I'm guessing this will be because their views and amenities will be preserved. Presumably those would be the benefits.
And I suppose the supply of new build will be considerably restricted.
I'd have thought house prices in KL rising would actually benefit the present residents of KL. It's would-be residents who might suffer.
None that I can see.
Half the Howgills are currently in the National Park, the other half aren't. But a few years ago, an ugly track was allowed to be bulldozed across the tops, almost entirely within the national park.
> I'd have thought house prices in KL rising would actually benefit the present residents of KL. It's would-be residents who might suffer.
Do you mean residents or homeowners?
Homeowners. Why, is there a lot of renting in KL, do you reckon?
No idea about renting in KL, I assume from your sarcasm (what is it about this thread?) that there isn't much. Price rises wouldn't help school leavers though, or young families trying to move to a bigger house.
> None that I can see.
> Half the Howgills are currently in the National Park, the other half aren't. But a few years ago, an ugly track was allowed to be bulldozed across the tops, almost entirely within the national park.
Aren't you being a little bit disingenuous here, Toreador? I assume you mean the track that was made from Calders to The Calf summit. I saw that being constructed - a small digger with one man - and it was to control the erosion that was getting pretty bad. Granted, it's not ideal but it has mellowed and there was little to no native stone to construct a path like, say, on The Band or Great Gable. The erosion was also becoming bad beside Cautley Spout - there is plenty of stone there and a reasonable job resulted. Both projects were funded partly by the Dales NP.
Yes I mean that track, and its continuation. I was walking in the area a couple of months before it was built, and strongly disagree that erosion was getting pretty bad. In parts there was no obvious erosion at all, just green grass. They took a few eroded spots as an excuse to destroy the rest.
I wonder if it's not entirely about housing....
Local Authority funding formula (ie how what they get from national govt is decided) has changed recently. Cumbria's lost quite badly. New formula allows them to keep money from business rates. Cumbria's already quite limited in where it can develop business premises because of national park restrictions. I'd have thought area around Kendal, just off M6, might just possibly be top of the list of areas they have in mind for development....
Well Kendal Auction Mart have just finished their new market at Crooklands next to J36 on the M6 so development does happen and there's a good chance that more will take place there. There's also a small light industrial estate on the A65 just west of Kirkby Lonsdale. One other place that might be considered for development is Tebay though the ban on HGVs using the A685 between Tebay and Brough and the A66 might limit this.
Kendal itself isn't in the national park or the proposed extensions - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/new/northwestdesignationproject/l... - so there's no conflict there. In fact as far as the new (Lake District) areas are concerned other than quarrying there's little industry as such so unless there was a new site singled out for development I don't see this as a valid argument.
KL is generally a very well-off area even considering the general prosperity of south Lakeland so a lot of the opposition does seem a peculiar form of nimbyism.
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