Policy 09: North Distinctive Area

What are we trying to achieve?

We want to make the Distinctive Area policies statements of intention, clearly setting out what we will achieve and what we will support over the plan period.

What is the issue?

We should take account of the different roles and character of different areas in the Lake District to enhance and improve the places in which people live their lives, and to acknowledge the different influences and challenges that can affect this. The Distinctive Area policies approach, first adopted in the Core Strategy (October 2010) embraces this concept.

Our suggested approach

We intend to continue with the approach of having five separate Distinctive Area policies, as this approach is embedded in the working of the Authority and there is no evidence to suggest that it is not working on the ground.

We have taken the opportunity to present the Distinctive Area policies in a way that better reflects the key themes of the Vision for the Lake District, which we believe reinforces local distinctiveness.

Policy 09: North Distinctive Area

We want the North Distinctive Area to effectively demonstrate the key themes of the Vision, and reinforce the distinctiveness of place.

We will achieve this by enabling local solutions to specific planning issues identified in the North Distinctive Area.

We will deliver a prosperous economy by supporting:

  • development on allocated employment sites at Keswick, Bassenthwaite and Moota.

We will encourage world class visitor experiences by supporting:

  • development identified in the Keswick and Borrowdale Corridor Showcase Area;
  • solutions to car parking problems at Catbells and Seathwaite;
  • the redevelopment of and/or extension to the Field Study Council site at Blencathra as an environmental education centre.

We will enable vibrant communities by supporting:

  • at least 20 affordable homes per annum across the Area including on sites allocated for housing in Keswick;
  • the provision of more bungalows and 2-bed properties to help address the mismatch between the severe lack of availability and the high aspirations/expectation of local communities for this type of dwelling and reflect the need for smaller properties;
  • the retention of the Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital for NHS services;
  • the change of use of Guest houses (including B&Bs) in Keswick to dwellinghouses that shall not be occupied otherwise than by a person as his or her Only or Principal Home where it can be demonstrated there is no detrimental impact on the range of visitor accommodation types in the area;
  • flood resilience measures to reduce the impact of flooding events;
  • flood resilient sporting facilities for the community based at Keswick School.

We will conserve and enhance the Spectacular landscape by supporting:

  • the Dark Skies initiative at Honister, Whinlatter and Caldbeck Fell;
  • development that enhances ‘the Ginnels’ in Keswick. 

We anticipate that approximately 25 per cent of all development will take place in the North Distinctive Area.

Have your say!

It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

By completing this survey you will have the chance to win £1000 of Lake District currency. For further information please see terms and conditions.

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Allocations of land

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Showcase Areas

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