Cumbria

Campaigners fail to get South Lakeland housing vote

Campaigners have failed to get a south Cumbrian council to hold a public vote on plans to build thousands of new homes.

South Lakeland District Council is finalising guidelines which will allocate land for development over the next 15 years.

A petition with more than 3,000 signatures objecting to the proposals triggered the debate.

The council held a two-hour discussion on Wednesday but did not change policy.

Dennis Reed, from the campaign group Green Spaces, said: "I'm disappointed but am not surprised.

"It was always going to be the case that the Liberal Democrats would go with the whip and have a block vote.

"But for us the battle goes on."

The development plan document will now go before an independent inspector later this year.

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