It’s clear our landscapes are being increasingly threatened. From campsites in open countryside to luge tracks and chairlifts, applications for developments in Cumbria increased significantly last year. The Lake District, in particular, saw a 30% rise. 

Damaging and unsuitable developments must always be challenged. Please help our specialist staff respond to the rise in planning applications by sending a gift today.

Behind much of this increase, is a boom in applications for visitor-experience attractions and accommodation. Many proposals are sensitively sited, but many more pay little regard to their environmental impact.

A proposed five-acre campsite in the Newlands Valley is one of only a growing number of glamping and camping site applications we’ve become involved in. Close to Keswick, the Newlands Valley is one of the most peaceful and picturesque parts of the Lake District. Last year it was home to a pop-up campsite; its owners now hope to make this permanent. Set in open countryside, the campsite would drastically alter the views from Catbells and surrounding fells - not to mention, inflame local traffic problems by attracting yet more vehicles to the area. Sharing the concerns of local residents, we’ve called for the plans to be rejected.

Applications for visitor accommodation and attractions have increased dramatically. By sending a gift today, you can help ensure proposals don’t harm these precious landscapes.

Along with current applications, we know more high profile developments are just around the corner. Elterwater Quarry lies in the heart of the Langdale valley. After 150 years of operation, plans are now in place to transform the site into a tourist attraction. Partnering with adventure company, Zip World, quarry owners hope to offer visitors a range of activities from high ropes courses to a toboggan-style track ride. This is a significant redevelopment, and we expect a planning application to be submitted shortly. We must be ready to ensure potential concerns around changes to landscape character, increased traffic and impacts on wildlife are clearly and loudly heard.

As planning applications continue to rise, it’s vital we remain vigilant and step in when threats emerge. If you can, please help us protect the landscapes you love by sending a gift today.

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