Policy 10: East 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 10: East Distinctive Area

We want the East 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 East Distinctive Area.

We will encourage world-class visitor experiences by supporting:

  • development identified in the Ullswater Corridor Showcase Area;
  • improvements which enhance cycling and walking options in the Haweswater valley;
  • improved connectivity of the existing bridleway network between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park, and promoting the existing ‘quiet road’ network as a cycling destination.

We will enable vibrant communities by supporting:

  • at least six affordable homes per annum across the Area including on sites allocated for housing in Glenridding / Patterdale and Pooley Bridge;
  • small scale housing development in Martindale, Matterdale and Mungrisdale Parishes to reflect the very rural and dispersed nature of the communities and to support their long term sustainability;
  • flood resilience measures in Glenridding.

We will conserve and enhance the Spectacular landscape by supporting:

  • schemes which facilitate landscape recovery at existing caravan sites/parks to reflect their sensitive and inspirational setting;
  • the Dark Skies initiative in the Haweswater Valley. 

We anticipate that approximately seven per cent of all development will take place in the East 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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