Demand from tourism taxes national park planners

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 11 Nov 2015

Scafell PikePlanners at a national park authority have said they are seeing rising numbers of planning applications generated by the tourism industry.

Lake District National Park Authority development management team leader Paul Haggin told Planning: “We have a lot of major employers in the tourism industry in the area and they are generating lots of planning proposals.

“These include extensions of hotels as well as plans coming forward from caravan sites and the YMCA.”

Haggin said: “We are also seeing more interest from housing providers looking to build affordable homes in areas such as Windermere and Keswick.”

The authority is looking to recruit a planner to work in development management and advise of planning applications.

Last month the government announced an extension the boundary of the Lake District national park.

The park includes more than 200 fell tops, hills and mountains including the tallest, Scafell Pike at 978 metres (pictured).

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