ARCHITECTS have come up with three designs for homes to encourage young people to stay in the Lake District.

Three firms are in competition to build on a plot of land at Burneside, and the judging will draw to a close on Monday (July 29).

The plans are on display in the Bryce Institute's Acland Room until Wednesday (July 24), with residents able to drop in and give their comments.

The competition is run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Great Place: Lakes and Dales.

The finalists are Weston Williamson, which has studios in Australia and London; Hawkins Brown of Manchester and London; and London-based Outpost, with Giles Miller Studios.

The three designs can be seen at and they include:

- a development of energy-efficient homes named Mill, Deek and Cairn that incorporate living and work space, such as home offices and studios

- 40 homes in contemporary versions of the longhouse, a traditional communal dwelling, built from straw bales

- and a 21st century vision of a modern village, with a patchwork of townhouse-style dwellings and raised gardens.

Designer Wayne Hemingway is among the judges, along with representatives from South Lakeland District Council, and Mark Cropper of Burneside paper mill James Cropper.

Great Place: Lakes and Dales is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, focused on the rural corridor from Skipton to Grasmere.