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20th February 2018: We have received confirmation that Treetop Trek has withdrawn its ‘Thirlmere Activity Hub’ planning application. It will no longer be considered by the planning authority.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who took the time to write to the planning authority with your objections to the 'Thirlmere Activity Hub', to those of you that sent us such wonderful images (and paintings) of the Thirlmere valley, those who attended our rally, donated to our campaign and offered us support and encouragement in our efforts to stop this development.
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Friends of the Lake District has campaigned against the proposals for an activity hub at Thirlmere on the fundamental point that the location was inappropriate for this type of development given the detrimental and destructive impacts to the landscape character and tranquillity of the Thirlmere Valley.
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21st February 2018: Following a Freedom of Information request by Friends of the Lake District, the Lake District National Park has just published their Planning Officer’s draft report on the Thirlmere Activity Hub application, which would have gone to the planning committee if the applicant had not withdrawn the application yesterday. You can read it here. (Link will take you to an external website - LDNPA)
(and see the entire application here - link will take you to an external website - LDNPA)The report shows that the Planning Officers would have recommended the application for REFUSAL on grounds of harm to the landscape.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who took the time to write to us with a copy of your objections to the 'Thirlmere Activity Hub' planning application, and to those of you that sent us such wonderful images (and paintings) of the Thirlmere valley.
We also need to thank all of those who came along to our 'Thirlmere Protest Rally' and those who sent their messages of support! You'll find more images at the link.
You may be interested to know that the Lake District National Park Authority has to date received almost 3500 letters of objection, a petition against the application signed by 13,000 people and just 163 letters in support of the application.
Your response has been overwhelming and we apologise that we’ve not been able to respond to everyone individually. It has been a truly enlightening and humbling experience to read your personal experiences of Thirlmere and what it means to you all.
Responses have been from young and old, local, national and from overseas but all share a common heartfelt appreciation of the Thirlmere Valley and the desire to protect it from inappropriate development.
The application and supporting documents are still available to view here:http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=7/2017/2298