Policy 13: South 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 13: South Distinctive Area

We want the South 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 South Distinctive Area.

We will deliver a prosperous economy by supporting:

  • employment opportunities in Hawkshead which diversify the economy;
  • development on allocated employment sites at Coniston, Haverthwaite and Backbarrow.

We will encourage world-class visitor experiences by supporting:

  • development identified in the Windermere Corridor Showcase Area;
  • development which enhances the role of Coniston and Hawkshead as sustainable transport hubs;
  • the creation of a multi user route connecting Coniston to Broughton in Furness.

We will enable vibrant communities by supporting:

  • at least 11 affordable homes per annum across the Area including on sites allocated for housing in Backbarrow, Broughton in Furness, Coniston and Hawkshead;
  • extra care housing to serve the needs of the Area;
  • enhancements to the A590 at Haverthwaite to improve road safety and community connectivity.

We will conserve and enhance the Spectacular landscape by supporting:

  • the Dark Skies initiative at Tarn Hows, Tilberthwaite and Hodge Close. 

We anticipate that approximately 14 per cent of all development will take place in the South 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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