16 August 2018
Steve Ratcliffe, Director of Sustainable Development for the Lake District National Park:
“The Whinlatter Mountain Centre is referred to in the Lake District’s draft Local Plan. The consultation on the Local Plan took place between 8 May and 29 June 2018, where draft policies and proposed site allocations were shared online and at drop-in events across the National Park. This extensive consultation enabled people to have their say and take part in shaping the future of the Lake District. We heard from more than 2700 people and the next steps are for us to review all the feedback and share the changes in early 2019, before being considered at a local inquiry and adopted in 2020.
“The Local Plan is all about the future state of the National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. That Local Plan, once adopted, will set the planning framework for the Lake District for the next 15 years. It is critical for that Plan to be forward-thinking and explore the challenges and opportunities that currently exist. I welcome and encourage innovation at this time as it allows us to really think how we want the vision for the Lake District to be achieved. I am particularly excited about alternative sustainable transport modes being put forward as part of the visitor experience.
“We will now consider all representations, concerning a new mountain centre at Whinlatter – a concept included in Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s Rural and Visitor Economy Growth Plan.
“There is still much work needed on various options at this stage and it is simply a concept for consideration. But there remains many challenges, including how any mountain centre can be successfully assimilated into the forest landscape. The outcome of this work will be reviewed alongside other consultations received as part of the Local Plan process.”
Find out what happened during the Local Plan Review consultation.