19th May 2022

This application has now been withdrawn. While we supported the reinstatement of a café at the site, we did not support the substantially larger and expanded proposals for retail, a hotel, exhibition space and formal urban-style car parking. We hope any new proposal will be amended to reflect the concerns raised by Friends of the Lake District and others.


Plans have been submitted to Eden District Council for the redevelopment of the well-known former café at Hartside Pass.

The café was destroyed by a fire in 2018 but the site remains a popular stopping point because of the expansive views it offers over Cumbria and beyond.

Whilst it is a brownfield site and the principle of a café and public viewpoint at the site is well-established, the site lies in a very rural, prominent and exposed location in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and any redevelopment will need very careful consideration.

We have some concerns about the scale and design of the proposal, which includes not only a café but a 10-room hotel, retail and exhibition space, viewing gallery and extensive paved, formal parking. Expanding such a rural site and attracting potentially larger numbers of visitors may also raise concerns about sustainable travel and other impacts, including impacts on tranquillity and dark skies. The proposal site also appears to encroach on to open access land.

We’d be grateful for your thoughts on the proposal [email protected]
You can view and comment on the plans here by entering reference 22/0071.

Read our response here

Image: Hartside by Claire Dowling