24th May 2021

It’s not too late to join the fight!

New policies make it clear that Ullock Moss is not the place for a new car park and that alternative ways of exploring the National Park are what’s really needed.

The proposed car park at Ullock Moss near Portinscale could:

  • Undermine hopes of achieving plans for Sustainable Travel and a Low Carbon Lake District
  • Set a dangerous precedent for other temporary car parks across the National Park 

You’ll find details of the application by searching for application reference number 7/2020/2291 at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/planning/planning-application-search-tool

Many thanks to those of you who have already written to the LDNPA about this case. If you have not written already but are able to do so, we have prepared a template to help you (see below). 

A huge number of responses have been made to this planning application, and many share our concerns about the proposal, including many local residents of Portinscale itself. Like us, they recognise the need for parking and traffic issues to be addressed in the Cat Bells area, but also see that this proposal is not an appropriate solution.

  • Join us in letting the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) know that we will support them in standing by their local planning policies and their clearly-stated vision for sustainable travel in, to and from the National Park
  • Help us ensure that this proposal is not allowed to set a precedent for temporary car parks to become permanent

Write TO THE LDNPA to help the fight against this proposal. We've created a letter template to help you write your own response (with suggested text to guide you) and then email it to the Lake District National Park Authority. 

(Template includes instructions on what to write and where to send)

This case is not just about whether or not this particular proposal fits certain criteria or not. There is a lot more at stake, because this case could have significant bearing on the wider future of the Lake District, what it will look like and what it will become, as well as impacting directly on important views and habitats.

There are specific solutions for this area that are already set out by the LDNPA as part of a wider Smarter Travel plan for the whole of the National Park. This is the plan that should be implemented instead of developing new car parks.

Comments on the proposal should be made to the Lake District National Park Authority by 25th June 2021. Responses submitted shortly after that will still be accepted up until the decision is made (currently expected to be 7th July 2021).

We would be grateful if you would also consider copying us into your reply by copying our planning officer [email protected] into emailed submissions. Your comments will help to inform our own position on these issues.

You'll find more background information in the planning section of our website, including details of our comment to date and a copy of a press release sent to highlight this issue.

4th February 2021

Like many people, we fully recognise the ongoing and growing issues relating to parking and vehicle numbers in the Portinscale and Catbells area, and the need to address these. 

While a new car park might seem the obvious response to parking problems, the proposed 150-space car park for Cat Bells at Ullock Moss, south of Portinscale, near Keswick, is not an appropriate solution for a number of reasons. 

Key reasons we have taken this approach are: 

  • The Lake District National Park Authority’s (LDNPA) own clearly stated vision for sustainable transport in the national park hinges on reducing car-based visits and use of more sustainable modes of travel to, from and around the national park. A new car park in open countryside will undermine this plan.
  • The LDNPA’s own planning policies (current and proposed) require that new car parks are only permitted when they are a proven and integral part of a strategic plan for sustainable travel in the area and meet certain other criteria. This proposal is not part of a strategic plan and does not meet the other criteria.
  • The proposal will necessitate and encourage cars to travel through Portinscale village, exacerbating rather than helping to resolve issues there.
  • The proposal is reliant on some measures being agreed and implemented by other parties and there is no assurance of this.
  • A new car park and shuttle bus terminus would not conserve and enhance the character and special qualities and attributes of the National Park and World Heritage Site, including tranquillity, as is required by planning policy and legislation.

We have set these out in our letter of objection to the plans and urge our members and supporters to do the same. You can read it here:

Ullock Moss response (pdf) 

Give your view
The earliest date a decision will be made is 5th May. Although the official deadline for comments on the application was 5th March, responses will be accepted until a decision is made, so there is still time if you wish to respond. Please quote application reference number 7/2020/2291. More instructions for commenting on planning proposals are available here.

20th January 2021

Before Christmas a planning application was submitted to the Lake District National Park for a new car park at Ullock Moss, south of Portinscale, close to Catbells. The area had been used for temporary parking last summer.  The applicants had carried out some pre-application consultation at the time and we made our concerns clear at the time which can be seen in our initial response.

Members and supporters may wish to look at and comment on the application. 

Comments can be accepted up until the 5th March. The application can be viewed on the Park Authority website.

Follow this link and enter planning reference number 7/2020/2291 in the search box to view the latest information for this proposal on the Park Authority website.

29th July 2020

We have today submitted a written response to the consultation Ullock Moss, Portinscale Car Park.

We very much welcome the principle of managing the situation around access to Catbells and in principle may support the idea of park and ride type proposals. However, we think there are a number of issues around this particular location.

Read our full response here>

29th June 2020

A pre application consultation is being carried out by Crosby Granger Architects for a proposed car park at Ullock Moss, Portinscale. 

We think the proposal raises concerns around the principle of a car park at this location, how this fits with planning policy and potential landscape impacts upon the site and its surroundings.  We will be looking carefully at the proposal and responding accordingly. 

The link below provides information on the proposal and a link to survey monkey for your views.  The consultation runs until 31 July. 


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