Plans to increase Lake District tenting web site close to Ullswater with eight vacation lodges


A campsite in the Lake District near Ullswater has submitted a planning application to add eight brand new holiday cabins to its site.

Waterfoot Park, near Pooley Bridge, has submitted the plans to the Lake District National Park Planning Authority to add the eight cottages and relocate the existing playground.

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The park has a collection of self-catering cottages, S-pods and glamping pods, many of which are dog-friendly, and with caravan pitches and cottages for sale, it’s a great choice for both short and long-term stays at the Lake District.

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

It is proposed that the play area be relocated and a replacement kickabout court provided elsewhere on site at a more convenient central location.

The planned development is located on an existing property. Holiday accommodation at Waterfoot Park is a combination of ‘caravan and camping’ options – mobile homes, touring caravans/motorhome sites, glamping pods – together with self-catering cottages available for holiday rental on site.

The planning proposals envisage that eight new lodge units will be placed on new sites along the northern and southern edges of the application area.

The proposed lodges will be served by a proposed road junction linking the site’s existing roads, with a car park for each site.

Additional landscape planting is planned to enhance the sense of enclosure and to provide the biodiversity link between the established planted areas.

The design and access statement explains: “The eight lodges would include four lodges (size 40’x20′) on the south edge of the site and an additional four lodges (size 40’x14′) on the north edge.

“The lodges are oriented with their gabled ends facing views from outside the park to minimize visual impact.

“The site of the development site is entirely within the established caravan park environment and is internally screened from other areas within the site to ensure there is no physical or visual impact on the landscape character of the Ullswater valley, the immediate surroundings of the listed buildings and site (Waterfoot Mansion and Gate Lodge) or the proposed memorials 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 sited a minimum of 6.0m apart in accordance with model standards for caravan sites submitted area.”

A statement from the environmental agency contradicts the planning application.

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

“The site is within Flood Zone 2, which is land defined by planning practice 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 proposing development at such sites.

“An FRA is essential to make informed planning decisions. Without them, the flood risks emanating from the building flood are unknown. This is sufficient reason to refuse planning permission.”

Plans to expand Waterfoot Park have been submitted

Waterfoot Park has proved popular with guests who have stayed there. It has a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor, with people commenting that they had a “fantastic” stay.

On TripAdvisor, one guest said, “We stayed in a two bedroom cottage in early December. The cottage is well stocked with everything we needed. Due to the bad weather we stayed there most nights 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 at Pooley Bridge a few times which is of the same high standard, such a lovely cottage.”

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

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

“Many great hiking and biking tours in the area. Also lots of great pubs serving good food.”

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

To view the planning application, click here.

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