What is the Windermere Gateway? 

The Windermere Gateway is a large project involving new housing, businesses and transport connections. You can find full details on the Lake District National Park Authority website. 

Friends of the Lake District position on the Windermere Gateway. 

Friends of the Lake District argued strongly for the Windermere Gateway site to be removed or reduced in size throughout the Lake District National Park Local Plan preparation process, including at the Examination in Public stage, as it would represent the largest single residential/mixed-use housing employment development in the national park for many years and possibly ever, and would have significant landscape impact. 

Ultimately however, the site remained in the Local Plan following its examination by Government Inspectors, and is an allocated site for development. This means it has what is effectively ‘permission in principle’. Therefore, regardless of our earlier objections, we consider there is limited value in Friends of the Lake District using resources seeking to object to the proposal in principle.

We will however follow the evolving plans closely and will ensure that when details are available, we take opportunities to input into the detailed aspects of the plan, so that they deliver the best possible outcomes for the landscape and for the community.

This will include challenging any inappropriate aspects and could include making the case for:

  • Affordable and social housing and housing with occupancy restrictions to ensure homes are designed to meet genuine local needs in terms of size, type and tenure and won’t be lost to the second or holiday homes market
  • Promotion of active, sustainable travel options including pedestrian and cycle links and public transport connectivity
  • Significant green infrastructure provision and the delivery of appropriate habitat enhancement and creation
  • Sensitive lighting, in line with our Good Lighting Technical Advice Note
  • Homes that respond to key current challenges through consideration of energy sources and saving measures, water saving measures and appropriate sewage and drainage infrastructure

Photo: View from Orrest Head overlooking Windermere, near to proposed development site