A CONTROVERSIAL application to change the use of a former workshop and funeral director in Coniston into a residential dwelling has been withdrawn.

The application, submitted by Mr Cropper of Harveve Ltd, referred to the building in question as 'The Chapel, Beckthwaite’'

The site was originally built as a chapel but has served most recently as a workshop and funeral director up until the death of its owner Peter Dixon in August 2021.

South Lakeland District Councillor for Broughton and Coniston Tracy Coward outlined her reasons for objecting to the proposal.

She said: "Coniston is lucky enough to retain a strong local community.

"This has been maintained by trying to support local people in facilitating them to live and work in the area.

"Many Lake District villages have lost this to the number of second homes and holiday lets.

"A change of use should not be considered or granted until there is a clear demonstration that there is a lack of need.

"The building could be use by local joiners, builders or other trades people that are vital to the community.

"Coniston should not become solely reliant on tourism - trades and manufacturing are vital for a thriving community."