PLANS to turn an eight-bedroom B&B into a holiday let in Keswick have been refused. 

The Lake District National Park Authority  (LDNPA) met on March 6 to decide on whether the transformation of Amble House, on Eskin Street, would be given the go-ahead. 

The application site is a large mid-terraced property nestled between two permanently occupied homes.

Planners refused the application citing evidence that large holiday letting accommodations have been a source of unacceptable noise and disturbance in the past.

They stated that while the current guest house use is tailored towards small groups, generally couples, and has limited shared social spaces and permanent on-site management, the proposed holiday letting use would likely be attractive to larger socialising groups.

Amongst the reasons for the refusal, planners stated: "Taking into account the specifics of the application property, especially its large size and close relationship to neighbouring dwellings, the noise and activity associated with the proposed holiday let occupation would result in an unacceptable impact on the residential amenity of the two neighbouring properties." 

Since the proposal was put forward on November 22, 2023, it has faced opposition from Keswick Town Council. 

The council voiced objections based on the absence of on-site management for the eight-bedroom property, fearing this could potentially lead to issues.

Among the worries raised by local residents, through five objection letters, are that the holiday let, in a mostly residential area, could foster anti-social behaviour and noise, impacting the tranquillity of nearby properties.

Furthermore, privacy concerns for the neighbouring homes, including their garden areas, as well as parking were also raised.