How can I respond to the consultation?

Please complete the survey to respond to the consultation.

If you aren’t able to complete the survey online you can email us: localplan@lakedistrict.gov.uk

or write to us: Local Plans Team, LDNPA, Murley Moss, Kendal, LA9 7RL

Will there be any drop-in events?

Unfortunately we won’t be holding any drop-in events where you can speak to officers due to the ongoing restrictions associated with covid-19. We have prepared information banners and a summary leaflet which will be available to pick up at Booths and Lakeland ltd stores at Windermere. We are happy to speak to you and answer any questions, please call us 01539 724 555.

What are you consulting on?

We are seeking views on the proposals to improve the transport infrastructure in the area surrounding Windermere railway station and the allocated development site at Orrest Head Farm. The final, adopted Supplementary Planning Document text will be used to assess future planning applications and to prepare infrastructure improvement proposals in more detail. We want to know from you what you think of these ideas: will they help to improve Windermere and address existing constraints?

Who has come up with the proposals?

A group of stakeholders ranging from landowners to local authorities have been working together to come up with potential solutions and proposals to secure a wide range of public benefits in the Windermere Gateway Area. These proposals have now been developed into this Supplementary Planning Document by the Lake District National Park Authority to ensure the coordinated delivery of transport and travel infrastructure. We now want to hear your views to help shape these proposals further.

The stakeholder group is made up of the Lake District National Park Authority; Cumbria County Council; Windermere and Bowness Town Council; South Lakeland District Council; National Trust; Booths; Lakeland ltd; Network Rail; Urban Splash; Stagecoach; Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Will the proposals change?

Yes, we expect the proposals will evolve as further work is undertaken and as a result of consultation. The public consultation provides residents, visitors and other users and stakeholders of the Windermere Gateway Area the opportunity to influence these proposals.

What’s happening with Orrest Head Farm land allocation?

The new Local Plan was adopted on 19th May 2021 following the examination in public by the Government appointed Planning Inspector. This means that the land allocation at Orrest Head Farm has been confirmed as a mixed use site. Further planning applications will be required to assess the details of their proposals.

Now that the Local Plan is adopted we anticipate Urban Splash will begin actively preparing their development proposals for the housing elements of the Orrest Head Farm land, undertaking site investigations, and begin pre-application discussions with the planning department.  Depending on their progress we may expect a planning application to be submitted in 2022. The Supplementary Planning Document does therefore not cover details of the allocated housing or employment uses such as number of homes, design and layout. This will be part of the pre-application and application process in 2022. This site will make an important contribution to the delivery of affordable and local occupancy housing for local residents.

Will the highway proposals improve or make the traffic worse?

A Highways Technical Note has been prepared to support the proposed highway improvements. This note considered a range of options in terms of highway design standards and junction capacity. The highway improvements identified, supported by this Note and reviewed by Cumbria County Council demonstrates the proposals would improve highway capacity and therefore improve traffic movement. The proposals also create opportunities for more public car parking at the Station to allow more people to park and continue their journey on other forms of sustainable transport or walk into the town centre.

Will the proposals harm the World Heritage Site, Conservation Area and other heritage assets?

The Windermere Gateway study area is located within the English Lake District World Heritage Site and covers part of the Windermere Conservation Area. The site contains both nationally listed buildings and other buildings of special interest, as well as historic features contained with our Historic Environment Record. A draft Heritage Impact Assessment has been undertaken to assess the potential impact of the proposals on all of the above heritage assets. This assessment will require updating as the proposals develop, but it provides a good starting point to understand how the proposals may affect the character and significance of all the heritage assets.

The draft assessment indicates that the proposals may cause some harm to the heritage assets, but that this harm is less than substantial, i.e minor to moderate harm to the setting of listed buildings and the character of the conservation area. The level of harm will need to be assessed against the wider public benefits of the proposals, including enhancing the public realm and other parts of the conservation area, as well as the delivery of affordable housing. Mitigation will be crucial to minimising the level of harm overall and securing enhancement opportunities at the design stage. More details can be found in Heritage Considerations and also the draft Heritage Impact Assessment.

What the proposals result in additional traffic on Thwaites Lane, Claife Avenue, and Droomer?

The proposals are not expected to create additional traffic pressures on Claife Avenue after the railway bridge from Thwaites Lane. The new roundabouts will increase junction capacity so traffic flows will be improved at the High Street, A591 junction, other improvements should see fewer unnecessary vehicle trips in the Windermere one way system.

The only additional traffic to Thwaites Lane from the A591 will be for the Orrest Head Farm land allocation.

The provision of more public car parking would also help to alleviate parking pressures on Claife Avenue and the Droomer area.

What will happen after consultation?

Once the consultation closes the LDNPA will review the consultation responses and propose a series of modifications where required. We will publish a ‘you said, we did’ report so you can see how comments have been taken into account. The Authority will ask Members of the LDNPA to review and adopt the Supplementary Planning Document. It will then be used to guide planning decisions alongside the Local Plan.

Will I have any more opportunities to comments on proposals?

Yes, the purpose of this Supplementary Planning Document is to guide future development proposals as more detailed proposals emerge. You will be able to comment on future planning applications including access proposals, and the Orrest Head farm development. There may also be further engagement opportunities including pre-application discussions as more detailed proposal emerge.

When will this be built?

The Windermere Gateway Area improvements will be delivered over a number of years. This is a significant set of proposals to improve the transport infrastructure and to deliver the ambitions of the Windermere Gateway Area, as described in the Supplementary Planning Document  and it is expected that delivery of the changes will be phased so it will not all be delivered at once. The implementation and delivery plan [hyperlink] provides further guidance on the anticipated phasing, but it ultimately depends on when funding is available to deliver the various proposals and when the highways authority and developers seek to bring their proposals forward.