7. The services we offer

This class includes information relating to the Authority's duties as the local planning authority and covers the control of development, enforcement of planning control, byelaws and other related matters. This class also includes information relating to management of the National Park.

Also under this heading is a range of material produced by the Authority for visitor and educational use, along with promotional material.

Web links

Document links

Links to documents are included in the web links above.

Background

A number of byelaws have been introduced over the years to protect the Lake District National Park. Some are available through the website, others are available in hard-copy from the Lake District National Park Authority Headquarters at Murley Moss.

The Lake District National Park is famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The Lake District National Park Authority exists partly to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park by the public.

In pursuit of this aim, there are informal events for all ages, including workshops on archaeology and history. Additionally there are more formal educational resources, and tutored modules available to both primary and secondary schools. Information on all these activities is held on the website, as well as being publicised through appropriate local media.

The National Park Authority manages a number of car parks and public toilets, as well as a hostel and a camping barn both situated above Glenridding on Ullswater. Short walks (‘Miles without Stiles’) are listed on the website, along with a wealth of information for visitors, whatever their means of transport. The Authority also manages the Coniston Boating Centre, which provides a number of different water-based activities for visitors to enjoy.

Any boat which has an engine - including an outboard motor - must be registered for use on Windermere. You can do this by downloading the online forms, or by applying in person at Ferry Nab on Windermere.

We protect important trees through tree preservation orders, which makes it an offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot or wilfully damage or destroy a tree without the Lake District National Park Authority's permission. You can find out if a tree has a special protection order on it, by searching the online tree search - linked to on ‘Tree and Hedgerow Preservation’.

A number of conservation areas exist throughout the National Park and are legally defined as areas of 'special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. The special character relates to the quality and interest of an area as a whole rather than just the individual buildings.

In addition to the information posted on the website, there are numerous paper leaflets, newsletters and booklets available from our Information Centres. Where information about the National Park has been put into the local and national media, copies of the articles are posted onto our website, in the 'News' section.