Lake District homes p. Lake District National Park Authority

The Lake District is working with LUC on the design code. Credit: via Lake District National Park Authority

Lake District unveils design code

New developments should “enhance local distinctiveness, sense of place, and respond to the climate emergency and biodiversity challenges of today,” according to a draft guide drawn up by the national park authority.

The local authority is seeking public feedback on the draft design code, with a consultation running until the 15 May.

Environmental consultant LUC is working with Lake District National Park on the regulatory document.

The design code seeks to reinforce the area’s unique heritage by providing direction for building, conversions, and alterations.

grey slatestone p. Lake District National Park Authority

Local grey slatestone is a dominant building material. Credit: via Lake District National Park Authority

Proposals focus on more than just appearance. Future projects should also aim to reduce carbon emissions and enhance biodiversity.

The guide focuses on four development types to guide decision-making on planning applications:

  • New homes: Must be constructed of local building materials, with slatestone being the most dominant. Each town has its own distinct character, but common characteristics include slate roofs and water-tabling
  • Conversions: Must consider the impact on heritage assets. When converting a traditional building, the original plan and massing must be maintained
  • Extensions or alterations: Existing green features such as hedgerows and ponds must be retained
  • Shopfronts: Frames and signs must be made from a selection of materials, including timber and terracotta. Avoid thick and bulky window frames.

All design and access statements must also include a context study of the site. This includes natural features such as local habitats, common architectural details, and the function of the site within its wider context.

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Lake district have got it tight. A design code to reflect the unique world heritage of its area giving guidance to developers unlike Liverpool who lost whs

By Bill McGarry

It’s just a pity they don’t seem to care for the environment around there. Barren hills mowed clean by non-native sheep, no predators, no active travel policy. The place is little more than a holiday camp.

By Bury born

Long overdue. How could Lake District National Park have granted planning permission for some of the monstrous buildings erected over the past 10 yeari.

By Anonymous

Another go at trying to be relevant. They’d be better placed trying to cater for local’s needs rather than pandering to the Southern Elite who can do what they want. Look at Windermere it’s covered in green slate but it doesn’t resemble anything from the Lake District. Of course it’s all designed by big City architects who intimidate the National Park sycophants

By Anonymous

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