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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Planning go-ahead given for west Cumbria tourism project

A holiday complex will be built in west Cumbria, which is set to provide a welcome boost for tourism in the area.

Stephen Haraldsen photo
Stephen Haraldsen

Land behind the Lamplugh Tip pub in Lamplugh will house the development, complete with 15 timber lodges, nine camping pods, space for seven touring caravans and a shower block.

Planning permission was granted to landowners Brian and Helen Spencer by members of Copeland council’s planning panel.

Councillor Stephen Haraldsen said: “This development, combined with the revamped pub, will be a great resource for Lamplugh.

“This site is an eyesore at the moment, and this scheme will greatly help the perception of people coming into Copeland.”

The scheme has been supported by Cumbria Tourism, which said it will retain and support jobs, underpin the viability of the adjacent public house and help to spread the benefits of tourism and visitor spend.

Nick Hayhurst, Copeland’s senior planning officer, told the meeting “extensive consultations” have taken place with regards to potential contamination and pollution on the site and “no risk” has been identified.

Other checks will be carried out before any work begins and Mr Hayhurst added that a discussion with Natural England is still pending, and the planning approval will be rubber-stamped provided no issues are identified. If any major concerns emerge, the matter will return to the councillors for further consideration.

The application has attracted a lot of interest locally, and a public meeting was attended by around 70 people. Five letters of support were sent to Copeland, praising the scheme for boosting the pub and tourism.

Three letters of objection were lodged however, expressing concern that the increase in traffic and noise is “likely to be detrimental” to the area and that scale of the development is “excessive and would be inappropriate to the village”.

Lamplugh Parish Council had added further concern about visual impact, the lack of parking provision and inadequate roads.

The parish council and some individual residents also raised the issue of safety on the site given its mining history, although the Coal Mining Authority did not object to the development.

And following a question from the parish council about ensuring the lodges are used for holiday purposes only, it has been confirmed that this will be monitored as part of the planning conditions.

Have your say

Good to know the planning authority have granted this. It will be an asset for and to our area.
Does this mean that sense and sensibility have returned to our area? These structures will be sympathetic to the area, as opposed to the outlandish, sometimes turning monstrosities that have proliferated out of proportion in our area.
Well done to all.

Posted by Observer on 17 August 2013 at 00:36

Not sure that the name 'Lamplugh Tip' is the best choice for a holiday complex, apart from that it sounds like a good plan. I would probably have started with maybe 5 timber lodges to see how they work out, and add additional ones as demand dictates.

Posted by David Scameron on 15 August 2013 at 19:35

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