'Adventure tourism' plan for Lake District quarry attracts hundreds of objections

'Adventure tourism' plan for Lake District quarry attracts hundreds of objections

11th February 2023

A campaign group has been formed in a bid to stop the plans

Hundreds of letters of objection have been submitted in response to a "heritage tourism attraction" at Elterwater Quarry following an extensive and controversial consultation process.

In June 2022, ambitious plans were tabled at the start of the consultation proposing an "adventure tourism experience" at the quarry, which included plans by Burlington Stone to build a high ropes course and a "toboggan-style" coaster to allow guests and visitors to explore the historic site.
As soon as the idea came about, a campaign group was formed in a bid to stop the plans. Friends of the Lake District (FoLD) have voiced concerns about a rise in traffic at Elterwater Quarry and the anticipated changed appearance of the site.

It didn't take long for an online petition set up by a group called Zip Off Langdale to receive more than 78,000 signatures in opposition to the plans. Holker Group, which owns Burlington Stone, officially submitted plans to the Lake District National Park planning authority last month.

In the planning statement submitted as part of the application, the attraction has been dubbed the "Elterwater Experience" and consists of three main elements with the exclusion of the "coaster" element. Ahead of the deadline for objections on Friday (February 10), hundreds of people voiced their opinions.

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