7th November 2019

Our submissions to the Planning Inspectorate were made during Cumbria County Council's allotted consultation period on 10th October 2019. We also attending the drop in session and have been in regular contact with Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency for some time now. The consultation period is designed to gather comment and suggestions to facilitate the best possible outcomes for planning and development projects.

With this in mind, we have made the suggestion that the proposed ramp is placed to the north of the bridge, on land which has not been enhanced for public use, thereby protecting the bulk of the common and retaining valuable green space within Kendal town centre for the public to enjoy.

5th November 2019

Cumbria County Council is replacing Gooseholme Bridge which was destroyed by the Storm Desmond floods. This bridge is a historic crossing and an important link between two sections of Kendal, and between two parts of common land, and its replacement is welcomed by Friends of the Lake District. The bridge crossing is even more important now that the New Road Common has been enhanced for the public to sit and enjoy the riverside. As part of the process, the county council needs to obtain permission for works on common land and has applied for this recently. The permission will cover the new ramps needed on New Road and Gooseholme Commons. These are necessary to make the bridge accessible for less able people and multiple users, again a development which Friends of the Lake District welcomes. 

Friends of the Lake District has made no objections to the application relating to Gooseholme Common.

However, the plans for New Road are the first ones we have seen showing the extent of land to be taken by the ramps. New Road Common has been transformed back into an enjoyable green space for the public since the cessation of car parking. The proposed ramps would remove a significant area of this valuable green space and sever the common. Our suggestion is that the proposed ramp should be located to the north of the bridge, on land which has not been enhanced for public use, thereby protecting the bulk of the common for the public to enjoy. If Cumbria County Council are willing to amend their plans to protect more of the common, we would fully support the scheme.