Statement on Grasmere event

A spokesperson for the Lake District National Park Authority said:

“We understand the meeting on Saturday at Grasmere was partly a celebration of communities coming together to help look after the future of the Lake District. As the planning authority, we share their aim and have the highest possible controls to ensure development is appropriate to its location, communities and landscape. This means the decisions we take are often complex, but are always balanced in line with our vision for protecting this special place.

“We have a shared vision with more than 25 partner organisations who help manage the national park, including Friends of the Lake District, and will continue to work together to secure its long-term sustainability as a place of natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage for everyone to enjoy.”