FELL FOOT PARK PLANNING APPROVAL
The National Trust has welcomed the decision by the Lake District National Park Authority to approve its application for improvements to Fell Foot Park.
Today’s decision means that the conservation charity can start planning the restoration of the 19th century boathouses, new water sports facilities, develop colourful planting schemes for the historic garden area, introduce glamping pods and prepare detailed design plans for a new café. A new jetty will add to the sustainable transport options around the lake and eleven new jobs will be created by the end of the project.
Tori Dodd, Project Manager for the improvements to Fell Foot Park said:
“Today’s decision is a reassuring vote of confidence in the future of Fell Foot Park. We’re very lucky to have this beautiful park nestled at the foot of Windermere and it’s been a favourite of families for many years. Today’s decision helps protect Fell Foot for the generations to come who have yet to discover it. Its unique position on the side of the lake makes it an ideal place for young children to enjoy a paddle, as well as a great place to for beginners to experiment with water sports. New facilities, such as the water sports facilities, improved café and a restored garden mean that Fell Foot will keep its historic character, as well as being a place that everyone can enjoy throughout the year.
“The new road measures will improve safety around the entrance and exits from Fell Foot and, while we know that some residents were concerned about this and the planned glamping on site, we will keep our promise to keep them fully informed as our plans develop.”
The planning committee welcomed the phasing of different areas of work, as it will minimise the impact on visitors to the park and on neighbouring residents.