Elterwater quarry

Page updated 11 January 2023

7/2023/5012:  Use of Elterwater quarry slate caverns for heritage tourism; the partial re-use of existing former saw sheds for visitor facilities, an indoor interpretation area and electric bike charging facilities; works to create an outdoor natural history trail with permissive pedestrian access and vehicle parking; and, a landscaping scheme

We have received a planning application proposing:

Use of Elterwater quarry slate caverns for heritage tourism; the partial re-use of existing former saw sheds for visitor facilities, an indoor interpretation area and electric bike charging facilities; works to create an outdoor natural history trail with permissive pedestrian access and vehicle parking; and, a landscaping scheme

Are the proposals the same as were publicised in 2022?

The applicant has revised their proposals from those which received press and social media interest in 2022. The current proposals are available to view on our website.

What have we done with the application?

Since receiving the application we have:

  • checked the application to ensure that it complies with minimum information requirements
  • placed the application on our website
  • sent consultations to statutory consultees and the Parish Council

We will display site notices on the application site.

How are planning applications assessed?

The law sets out that planning applications must be determined in accordance with our policies (known as the development plan) unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Material considerations are things that are capable of being relevant to the planning application, for example access, activity or visual effects.

When will a decision be made?

Because of the nature of the proposals and the likely level of public interest the application, we expect the application will be decided by our Development Control Committee.  The date for consideration of this application by Development Control Committee has not been set.

How to have your say on the proposals

If you wish to comment on the application please send representations to planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk quoting the reference number 7/2023/5012.

We encourage any representations to be submitted by 10 February 2023.

We will issue further updates as necessary and place them on our website alongside the application.