A spokesperson for the Lake District National Park Authority said:
“We are aware of the proposal for a tourism development at Elterwater Quarry. We have provided the applicant with initial comments and a scoping opinion setting out what information should be included in an Environmental Statement. We have not received a planning application. If we do, it will be considered in due course.”
The Applicant submitted an ‘EIA Scoping Request Report for Elterwater Quarry – Tourism Proposal’ document. The LDNPA has provided a Scoping Opinion. The purpose of a Scoping Opinion is to establish in writing a Local Planning Authority’s view as to the information that will need to be included in an Environmental Statement (ES) to accompany any forthcoming planning application. When a scoping request is submitted the law requires the local planning authority adopt a scoping opinion within set timescales. If it fails to do so the law gives the prospective developer recourse to the Secretary of State.