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Friends of the Lake District maintain their objection to the revised proposal for the Honister Zip Wire
Monday, 09 May 2011 15:08

Friends of the Lake District have recently submitted comments to the Lake District National Park Authority regarding the revised Honister Zip Wire proposal.

Image: Andy Beck, www.theteesdalegallery.co.ukPlanning Officer Richard Pearse said: "The main element of the proposal - the 1200m zip wire which would run from Black Star to the slate mine car park - remains unchanged from the previous application. Our concerns over the impact this would have upon the character of the area, and the precedent it would set for development upon the remote fells, remain therefore."

The controversial proposal has generated significant interest. Opposition has been raised by concerned individuals and a variety of organisations, both statutory and non-statutory, who have voiced concerns relating to landscape, wildlife habitats, access and visitor experience. Friends of the Lake District are seeking to work closely with all parties, and would encourage all those who care passionately about the area to read the proposals for themselves, and respond directly to the National Park Authority with their views. Image of Honister pass above, credit to Andy Beck, www.theteesdalegallery.co.uk.

The application can be viewed here.

Our full response can be viewed here.

The main reasons why we are concerned:

The area in which the zip wire would be sited reflects all of the Special Qualities of the Lake District National Park as defined by the Park Authority's own Management Plan: The tranquillity of the area, and outstanding, undeveloped landscape of high fells and enclosed valleys and lakes are internationally renowned.

· The proposed zip wire would introduce an entirely new form of land use - a high speed, recreational activity, reliant upon fixed, man-made infrastructure, which does not fit with the defining characteristics of the area.

· The impact of the zip wire and its users would be significant. It would be located very close to walkers using the popular path to Haystacks from the slate mine car park, who would be particularly badly affected by the noise generated by both the users of the zip wire, and the proposed 'Powerfan' arrester unit, to stop people at the bottom.

· Whilst there is a need to support the local economy, this should not be at the expense of an internationally valued environment.

· We must consider not only the impact of the development itself if it were approved, but also the precedent this would set for future development in the area.

We don't know exactly when the planning application will be decided, the Park Authority has told us it may not go to their Development Control Committee until October.
You can send your views until then
directly (quoting the reference 7/2011/2054) to:

Kevin Richards
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal  LA9 7RL
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