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Wednesday, 28 August, 2002, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Inquiry over shopping centre plan
The K Village centre
The K Village centre is a former factory of K Shoes
A public inquiry is to be held into plans to redevelop a shopping village in Cumbria.

Almost three hundred people in Kendal have objected to plans to demolish the K Village shopping centre and replace it with a factory outlet centre.

The new centre would mean a three-fold increase in shopping floor space and a car park for 533 vehicles.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wants to know more about how the proposals would fit into overall plans for the area.

Parking spaces

Planning officials at South Lakeland District Council have already approved the plans in principle.

Local objections have included concerns about an increase in traffic and a lack of parking space.

There are also fears it could affect town centre trade.

The K Village factory shops complex attracts tens of thousands of shoppers a year to a former shoe factory on the edge of Kendal town centre.

Peter Ridgeway, head of development control at South Lakeland said studies have shown the proposal would not harm other shops.

He said it would help regenerate the town's Kirkland area and improve the approach to Kendal for people coming in from the south.


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