White Moss Common, between Rydal and Grasmere, is one of the Lake District’s best loved woodland areas with over 150,000 visitors a year. One reason for its popularity is the ease of access for visitors to woods, fells and beautiful views. During the summer of 2014 a planning application was lodged to build a visitor centre and café on White Moss Common, accompanied by ground works to formalise paths through the area.

We were very concerned by the proposals to build within this beauty spot. The proposed building would have changed the character of the woodland, and brought commercialisation into a wild open countryside area. Despite the proposals being against the Lake District National Park’s own planning policies, their planning officers recommended it for approval. Friends of the Lake District’s Planning Officer, Kate Willshaw, spoke against the development at the planning committee meeting, and we were relieved when the Members of the planning committee voted overwhelmingly to refuse the application.

You can read our response and our Committee statement here: [see attached letter and statement]