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Plans for net adventure playground at Brockhole are deferred
Updated 3:25pm Tuesday 8th April 2014 in News
PLANS to create a new ‘net adventure’ playground strung between dozens of trees on the shores of Windermere have been deferred.
The adventure area – planned for Moss Brow wood, close to Brockhole’s existing play area – could bring an extra 30 children to the Lake District Visitor centre at any one time.
But Lake District Natio-nal Park Authority plan-ners have put off making a decision in order to make a site visit.
“It’s difficult to imagine the enormous size of this installation without a plan which includes visualisations, sections and elevations, none of which have been included in the application,” said a neighbour, who objected to the plan.
“The smallest request for a private residential extension would require this information, which is missing here.”
She added that the proposal – within just a few yards of neighbouring properties – should not go ahead because it was not included in the original masterplan for Brockhole.
The plans have been submitted by Treetop Trek Ltd, which operates at the Lake District National Park Authority attraction.
A spokesman for the group said the plans had been amended to take the concerns into account since first being submitted.
“The colour of the nets was acknowledged as the most significant factor and so the application has now revised these to remove any bright colours from the boundary,” he said.
“In addition a suitable planting scheme has been agreed to act as a visual barrier for the future.”
LDNPA planner Ben Long confirmed that the opening hours would be curtailed so there would no extra noise before 10am or after 6pm.
“The original plans for Brockhole can’t be taken into account,” he said.
A reception cabin, with CCTV, would also be built and would double up as a storage area.
The treetop netting would be suitable for children as young as two years old.
A spokesman for the authority said: “This will support the commercial need of maintaining visitor numbers, dwell time and spend at the site.
“It will also provide those visitors, and the visitors to the wider Lake District, with a truly unique way of interacting and learning about the woodland and wider environment in complete synergy with the objectives of the visitor centre.”
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