Policy 11: West 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 11: West Distinctive Area

We want the West 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 West Distinctive Area.

We will deliver a prosperous economy by supporting:

  • the redevelopment of Greengarth Business Park, Holmrook to maximise its relationship with the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors in the west coast.

We will encourage world-class visitor experiences by supporting:

  • the strengthening of the role of Silecroft and its coastal tourism offer;
  • development that enhances the role of Bootle and Bootle rail station to act as a sustainable transport hub to serve the wider area;
  • as an exception to Policy 19, new caravan and camping sites. These will only be supported where proposals are consistent with other criteria in Policy 19 and other relevant policies.
  • solutions to car parking problems in the Wasdale Valley which improve the management of the Three Peak Challenge;
  • infrastructure and service improvements to the Cumbria Coast rail line;
  • the strengthening of the role of Ravenglass as a sustainable transport hub, providing improved links with Muncaster Castle and to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway;
  • the new coastal path, including pedestrian and cycle crossings of the Irt and Esk, linking in with the wider network;
  • improvements to the pedestrian and cycle links from the railway stations and coastal path into the valley heads to enhance the use of sustainable active travel options;

We will enable vibrant communities by supporting:

  • at least eight affordable homes per annum across the Area including on sites allocated for housing in Bootle, Gosforth and Silecroft;
  • extra care housing to serve the needs of the Area; 

We will conserve and enhance the spectacular landscape by supporting:

  • the identification of a Coastal Change Management Area;
  • the Dark Skies initiative around Ennerdale Fell. 

We anticipate that approximately 10 per cent of all development will take place in the West Distinctive Area.

Have your say!

Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation

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