THE proposed extension and creation of a new gym facility at a popular lakeside hotel has been given the green light.

The Newby Bridge Hotel, on the southern tip of Windermere, has been granted permission by the Lake District National Park Authority to build an extension to facilitate a ground-floor gym.

The application stated: "The facilities in the gym and changing rooms have long been a source of comment/complaint from guests."

The extension will cover an area of 145 square metres, on land to the rear of Newby Bridge Hotel, to the south-west of the Masonic Hall.

The Westmorland Gazette: The plans submitted to LDNPAThe plans submitted to LDNPA

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The hotel currently contains 46 en-suite guest rooms and the planned works will also allow the creation of an additional four guest rooms at ground floor level. It would be finished in roughcast render to match the existing building with a grey flat roof.

Regarding the visual impact of the approved extension, the LDNPA planning report states:  "The design of the extension is not considered to be particularly subservient as the eaves would sit higher than the eaves of the existing rear extension and neighbouring Masonic Hall.

"However, the proposal would be largely obscured from public view by existing buildings to the south and east, and several mature trees and well-established vegetation along the western and northern boundaries of the site. 

"Limited views of the extension’s east elevation would be possible from the A590, however, it would be seen at a distance and in the context of the existing array of extensions which all have varying heights, including a number of two-storey flat roof extensions. 

The Westmorland Gazette: The current site of the proposed extensionThe current site of the proposed extension

"It is not felt that this development would detract from the character and appearance of the wider area as it would be largely obscured from view and where the development would be visible, it would appear in keeping with the existing."

Four extra car parking spaces will be created along with the extra four guest rooms.

The report concluded: "I am therefore satisfied that the development would not have an unacceptable impact on amenity due to overlooking or other adverse impacts.

"A high standard of amenity for existing and future users of the property and neighbours would be maintained."

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