Plans to expand Lake District campsite near Ullswater with eight holiday lodges

A Lake District campsite near Ullswater has submitted a planning application to expand its site by adding eight new holiday lodges.

Waterfoot Park, near Pooley Bridge, has submitted plans to the Lake District National Park Planning Authority to add the eight holiday homes and relocate the existing play area.

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The park offers a collection of self-contained cottages, S-Pods and glamping pods, many of which are dog-friendly, and with touring pitches for caravans and holiday homes for sale, it’s a great choice for short and long -term stays in the Lake District.

Waterfoot Park is a static and touring caravan site in the Ullswater Valley near PooleyBridge. The site is accessible directly from the A592.

It is proposed to relocate the play equipment area and provide an alternate pitch elsewhere on the site to a more suitable central location.

The proposed development is located within an existing accommodation site. Holiday accommodation at Waterfoot Park is a combination of ‘caravan and camping’ options – static caravans, caravan/campervan pitches, glamping pods – as well as self-contained cottages to rent locally.

The planning proposals specify that eight new lodge units on new locations will be placed along the northern and southern fringes of the application site.

The proposed pavilions will be serviced by a proposed road spur linking existing site roads, with one parking space for each site.

Additional landscape plantings are planned to reinforce the sense of enclosure within the setting and to ensure biodiversity connectivity between established planted areas.

The design and access statement explains: “The eight lodges would comprise four lodges (size 40’x20′) along the southern edge of the site, and four further lodges (size 40’x14′) along the northern edge.

“The pavilions are oriented to place their gables towards views from outside the park, to minimize visual impact.

“The location of the development site is entirely within the established setting of the caravan park and isolated within other areas of the site ensures that there is no material or visual impact on the landscape character of the valley from Ullswater, the immediate setting of the listed buildings on site (Waterfoot Manor and gate lodge) or the planned monuments near the site (Dunmallard Hill Fort to the east and Maiden Castle to the west).”

The design and access statement continues: “The proposed lodges are conventional single storey units, located at least 6.0m apart in accordance with model standards for caravan sites. The lodges will be proprietary units manufactured in factory with specific types and finishes selected from the submitted range.”

A response from the Environment Agency opposes the development request.

In the response letter, the company said: “In the absence of a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA), we oppose this application and recommend that planning permission be refused.

“The application site is within Flood Zone 2, which is land defined by the Practical Planning Guidelines as having a medium probability of flooding.

“The National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 167, footnote 55) states that an FRA must be submitted when development is proposed in such locations.

“An FRA is essential for making informed planning decisions. In its absence, the flood risks posed by the inundation of the development are unknown. This is reason enough to deny planning permission.”

Plans have been submitted to expand Waterfoot Park

Waterfoot Park has proven to be popular with guests who have stayed there. It has been rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor and people have said they had a “fantastic” stay.

Speaking to TripAdvisor, one guest said: “We stayed in a two bedroom cottage in early December. The cottage is well equipped with everything we needed, we ended up staying most nights due to bad weather. time and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare all our meals.

“We even had a Christmas tree which was a nice touch. We would definitely book here again.

“We have also stayed at Captains Cottage in Pooley Bridge several times which meets the same high standards, such a lovely cottage.”

Another said: “Fantastic week at Waterfoot Perfect location, amazing views

“The “Lady of the Lake” house was amazing. Clean, spacious and really well equipped.

“Lots of excellent walking and cycling in the area. Also lots of great pubs serving good food.”

A third person said: “We had a fantastic stay and found the location to be just what we needed. The chalet was spacious and relaxing with a great view of the lake. Everyone slept well and the chalet was well equipped.”

To consult the planning application, Click here.

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