The Environment Agency is delivering a proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect homes and business from flooding in the Kent catchment, and improve the local environment and community amenities. Kendal is the first area to be delivered, followed by Burneside, Staveley, and Ings, and upstream measures including flood storage. In addition, Natural Flood Management measures are being integrated into the plans which aim to slow the flow of water and provide wider environmental benefits across the catchment.
Planning permission was granted to the Environment Agency in June 2019 to deliver linear flood defences throughout Kendal which included an outline scheme design for Gooseholme Pumping Station and associated defences. Following further design based on technical delivery, functionality, size, and position of the new pumping station, as well as improvements to the landscaping of the area, these significant changes to the original outline design required a new planning application. Following significant detailed design, environmental assessment, and pre application discussions with the local community, statutory consultees, other stakeholders and the local planning authority, the Environment Agency submitted a full planning application to South Lakeland District Council on Friday 15 July 2022 for design changes to the approved Kendal scheme to include the – construction of a new pumping station including underground infrastructure, demolition of existing kiosk, erection of motor control centre and electricity substation, linear defences in reach F4, new outfall to the River Kent and new hardstanding and associated landscaping areas incorporating sustainable drainage on land adjacent to the River Kent at Stock Beck and Gooseholme Park (Reaches F1 and F4).
The application has now been validated by South Lakeland District Council and will be determined in accordance with statutory timescales. Feedback to South Lakeland District Council is welcomed on the planning submission as part of the formal planning permission consultation period. For information on the application visit the South Lakeland District Council website here and search for planning application SL/2022/0668.
A section of the proposed works at Stock Beck are located within Gooseholme Common. An application for approval for works on common land was made to the Planning Inspectorate under Section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 on the 1 April 2022. The period for representations on the submitted application has now closed. The Planning Inspectorate are now considering any representations received, the Environment Agency response to those representations and will determine the application in due course.
This consultation is now closed.
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