CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Leisure and entertainment - Hotel extension rejected as harmful to national park

A proposal to extend a Lake District hotel has been rejected on the grounds that it would be harmful to the landscape and scenic beauty of the national park.

The listed hotel lay across the road from the shore of Windermere in a prominent location outside a main settlement. The inspector held that while the appellant's intention to paint the building white would reflect part of the local vernacular, it would make the building all the more prominent, causing a significant visual intrusion into the attractive landscape. He also found that the development would rely on a substandard access, increasing the risk to highway safety.

The hotel had an associated watersports centre that had catered for powerboats and waterskiing. However, since the introduction of a speed limit on the lake, the waterskiing business had closed. The appellant claimed that the hotel would attract fewer guests among groups relying significantly on the powerboat facilities. In the inspector's view, however, the proposal for additional bedrooms suggested that the appellant anticipated a demand for accommodation.

He acknowledged that the appellant had concurrent proposals for redevelopment of the waterskiing centre, but could not see how the proposed extension would replace the loss of trade. He concluded that an economic case had not been made out and that this argument did not outweigh the harm found on the main issues.

DCS No: 32660884 Inspector: Dannie Onn; Written representations.

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