Policy 12: Central and South 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 12: Central and South East Distinctive Area

We want the Central and South 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 Central and South East Distinctive Area.

We will deliver a prosperous economy by supporting:

  • development that retains the university campus at Ambleside and safeguards it for the purposes of further and higher education including the retention of student accommodation;
  • development on allocated employment sites at Ambleside, Staveley, Kendal Fell Quarry, and Plumgarths.

We will encourage world-class visitor experiences by supporting:

  • development identified in the Windermere Corridor Showcase Area;
  • solutions to car parking problems and congestion in Windermere;
  • infrastructure and station improvements to the Lakes Line, including electrification;
  • improvements to the existing public rights of way network in Levens Valley and between Arnside and Meathop, including the crossing of Arnside Viaduct.

We will enable vibrant communities by supporting:

  • at least 35 affordable homes per annum across the Area including on sites allocated for housing in Ambleside, Grasmere and Windermere;
  • extra care housing  to serve the needs of the Area;
  • a public sewer along the A591 between Waterhead and Windermere;
  • small scale development in Longsleddale valley to reflect the very rural and dispersed nature of the community and to support its long term sustainability.

We will conserve and enhance the Spectacular landscape by supporting:

  • advertising (signage and lighting) that is sympathetic to the historic town and buildings of Windermere;
  • the rejuvenation and conservation of ornamental parkland around Windermere lake which reinforce the picturesque landscape;
  • schemes which facilitate landscape recovery at existing caravan sites / parks to reflect their sensitive and inspirational setting.

We anticipate that approximately 44 per cent of all development will take place in the Central and South East 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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