Update from Lake District National Park reveals massive extent of objections to scheme
This morning, the LDNPA released their fifth update on the planned Thirlmere activity Hub. If approved, the scheme would involve eight zipwires along two routes crossing Thirlmere itself and the A591. The zipwires will be 1,200m long and will pass 130m above the water, making them the longest and highest in England.
Numerous organisations have joined individuals in condemning the plans, which would set a precedent for further industrial development in the Lake District National Park.
In their update, which can be downloaded here, the LDNPA confirm that they have carried out the necessary consultations and publicity for the application. They also reveal some interesting facts and figures:

  • A total of 35 organisations have submitted views on the proposed development;
  • 3,476 people have emailed or sent in letters either objecting to the scheme or expressing concerns;
  • 13,535 people have signed a petition objecting to the scheme;
  • 163 people have emailed or sent in letters in favour of the scheme.

The LDNPA say they are currently assessing all information in line with planning policy and considerations, taking into account all views both for and against.
They are also drafting a committee report for their Development Control Committee setting out the planning issues, including a recommendation to enable the committee to take a decision on the proposals at their meeting on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Further updates are expected from February 20.
For more information on the Thirlmere Activity Hub, see the comprehensive coverage by the Friends of the Lake District.
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