Roanhead Lodge Development

Update February 2024 - revised planning application received for Roanhead  

After huge opposition to plans for a 450-lodge holiday resort at Roanhead, the developers have now changed their application, reducing the number of lodges to 233.  Our view is that the development would still have a major impact on this sensitive stretch of coastline, despite the reduction in the planned number of lodges. Please help us object again - previous responses won't count. 

Read our latest response (Feb 2024) here, and the Appendix here

Update January 2024 

After withdrawing their initial application in December 2023, the developers have submitted a new application for a reduced number of lodges (233). The size of the accompanying holiday complex facilities remains the same. 

Read our previous July 2023 response here and a review of the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment here

Roanhead Update 27 September 2023

We are aware that a further proposal on land adjacent the 450-lodge Roanhead development is afoot. It comprises 62 lodges, 40 touring caravan/motorhome/ camper pitches and visitor facilities.
At this stage, it is a screening request, meaning the landowner/developer Queensland County Park Ltd. is just asking for Westmorland & Furness Council’s view on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment would be required for such a proposal.  
We continue to work with other relevant organisations and the local community, including the Save Roanhead group, and will give further updates, once we have had chance to see the proposals and consider next steps – we will need to carefully consider the relationship between this and the larger proposal already under consideration. 

Roanhead Farm development risks irreparable harm to nature

We've joined forces with a coalition of nature and landscape charities to object to a serious threat to the internationally significant nature reserve at Sandscale Haws and wider Morecambe Bay and Duddon estuary.

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Make a Stand on the Sand for Roanhead event makes the News

Our Make a Stand in the Sand event yesterday attracted 80 protestors, to save Roanhead from a 450 holiday lodge development right next to the National Trust Sandscale Haws nature reserve and many other protected sites for nature attracted 80 plus protesters and featured on BBC North West Tonight news.  We also leafletted nearby housing about it. 

Thanks to everyone who turned out for it. It was great to meet so many people and see how passionately concerned people are about the proposal. 

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450-Lodge Resort Development At Roanhead

A proposal for a 450-lodge holiday resort and facilities at Roanhead, between Barrow and Askam-in-Furness, threatens a stretch of coastline where there are multiple protected sites for nature as well as expansive views to the Lake District fells. 

This area is popular with local people for quiet recreation, including walking and bird-watching. The proposal will harm the quality and experience of recreational opportunities, compromise the landscape, including tranquillity, and put pressure on the sensitive dune and intertidal habitats. The proposal is heavily reliant on access by car and there will also be impacts on the narrow local roads. 

We fully recognise the need for regeneration in Barrow and for new jobs and opportunities to be brought to the area.  We also understand the attractiveness of this coastal landscape. However, this proposal is not appropriate for this site for a number of reasons:

  • Impact on landscape character, including tranquillity
  • Visual impact
  • Light pollution impacts on dark skies and biodiversity
  • Impact on species and habitats
  • Impact on enjoyment by local people of an important, much-valued and accessible recreational resource
  • Traffic impacts on narrow local roads and a lack of sustainable transport
  • Instability of the land which is littered with former mine workings and have resulted in a number of sink holes opening up locally, including in recent years
  • Instead, new development should be focused on regenerating the town centre and brownfield sites and should be readily served by public transport.

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Banner image: Roanhead, Sandscale Haws, Walney and the Duddon seen from Black Combe, by Chris Howe

Along with other environmental organisations and the local community, we have substantial concerns about what this proposal might mean for the much-valued coastal landscape in this area.

  • Write to the Planning Authority
    We will be making a written response to the Planning Authority – Westmorland & Furness Council.  This is vital as these will be taken into account by the Planning Authority and provide one of the most effective means of having your voice heard and your concerns taken into account. We have provided detailed guidance here on how to do this.  We will make our written response available online once available. 

  • Share on Social Media
    We'll be making people aware of this proposal via our social media channels using #saveroanhead #natterjacksattacked so do look out for them and share them with your own friends and followers.

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  • Tell Us Why You Value Roanhead
    We want to understand people’s views about the proposal and email us at [email protected] to let us know. Please do let us know too if you are happy for us to use your words on our website.

    Thanks to all of you who have already sent us your comments and views about this proposal, you can read some of them here> 

  • Let Your MP and Local Councillors Know Your Views
    If you live in Furness, be sure to contact your local MP, parish council and the new Westmorland & Furness Councillor for your area to let them know your views on the proposal.

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    Please add your voice to ours, and help us speak up against inappropriate developments like this one in Cumbria. The more members we have, the louder our voice is.  Join now
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  • Why not check out the 'Save Roanhead' community group Facebook page? They are an active, passionate local group that we are working with, along with other organisations, to help challenge this harmful proposal.

Banner image: Roanhead and the Duddon estuary with Lake District fells beyond, by Sam Lacey