Scheme could be on the verge of gearing up with Cleator Moor bike shop plan

A NEW cycle shop and workshop will be built in West Cumbria if plans are approved.

In what could turn out to be part of the wider ‘Cycling Through Ennerdale’ project, the building would be based on the Fearon Place caravan and campsite at Cleator Moor.

According to the applicants, Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe, only one building is proposed on the site.

It is proposed to serve the existing campsite, which has no toilet block and is currently served by two portable toilets. These will become superfluous and replaced by the new installation.

The proposed building is located at the entrance and would be on the site of a derelict and dilapidated former farm building. It is a one-storey building, modest in scale and will blend into its surroundings.

Neighboring developments include opposite accommodation and outbuildings at High Waterside, but the proposed amenity building “will not impact these existing buildings, and the scale can be justified against these adjacent buildings”, asserted the plaintiff.

In planning documents submitted to the Lake District National Park, they further confirmed: “The proposal is in line with planning policy which encourages tourism in designated places in the National Park, and this site is already a caravan site and camping established in a tourist place.

“The proposal is therefore linked to the existing and adjacent use [and] includes a bike shop and workshop.

“The reason for this is that my candidate has already had discussions with the ‘Cycling through Ennerdale’ project, and Fearon Place has been established as a possible location for a base for the tourist bike rental facility.

The app continues: ‘This project has been put on hold due to lack of lottery funding but can now be reactivated with funding via the Government’s grant of a significant sum for Cleator Moor, and including the possibility of the cycle extension the track from Wath Brow to Ennerdale, which would pass through the demolished Fearon Place and the site cleared.

“It is close to the site car park and links well to the open space and features of the site and the wider landscape.”

Readers can view the plans at lakedistrict.gov.uk, quoting reference number 7/2021/4079.

Maria R. Newman