Friends of the Lake District is very pleased that the Lake District National Park planning committee has refused an application for a visitor centre and café at White Moss Common near Grasmere today.

The landscape charity had serious concerns that if this application had been approved, it would have set a precedent which would allow more development in open countryside in the National Park.

Kate Willshaw, Planning Officer for Friends of the Lake District spoke against the application at the committee meeting. The application was refused by the planning committee (by 12 votes to 2) despite the National Park's planning officers having recommended it for approval. The committee members raised concerns over damage to the landscape and development in open countryside at honeypot sites.

Kate Willshaw, Friends of the Lake District's Planning Officer, said: "The proposed development at White Moss would have transformed it into a parkland, removing the wildness and essential Lake District woodland character which makes it such a special place for residents and visitors alike. We are very relieved that it has been turned down."