Planning Inspector dismisses White Moss Common appeals Friends of the Lake District has received notice that the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has dismissed both appeals relating to the proposed commercial developments at White Moss Common. At a recent hearing attended by Friends of the Lake District planning officer Laura Fiske, a number of issues were raised including the potential impacts on the character, appearance and relative tranquillity of the area. In his decision, the inspector concluded that both developments would harm the character and appearance of the surrounding area resulting in conflict with the adopted development plan. Laura Fiske, Friends' planning officer, said, The proposed developments would have formalised a relatively wild landscape in the open countryside, introducing inappropriate built features and levels of use which would have altered the character of the area and limited the opportunities for tranquil reflection which are currently enjoyed at White Moss. We are particularly encouraged by the inspectors recognition of the importance of the national park designation in this case and the principle that where there is a conflict between national park purposes there should be greater weight attaching to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and heritage of the national park. We are very pleased with this decision. Friends of the Lake District would like to thank those members who took the time to submit representations to the original applications and to the planning inspectorate as part of the appeals process. Friends of the Lake District was represented at the planning hearing by planning officer Laura Fiske and at the commons inquiry by Ian Brodie.