Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
1:00 AM 3rd February 2024
Cumbrian Lodge Resort Back Before Planners
An artist's impression of one of the properties
Specialist hospitality developer, ILM Group, has submitted a revised planning application for Roanhead Lodge Resort, a sustainably-designed destination that, it claims, will deliver over £10m of additional annual visitor spend to Cumbria’s economy.
If approved by Westmorland & Furness Council, the proposals for the site – located at Roanhead estate near Askam-in-Furness - will bring eco-friendly visitor accommodation and a range of brand-new facilities, to the Furness area.
Planned amenities include a health and wellness club, children’s activity zones, an education centre, and a brasserie, all of which will be open to the public. Conversations are also underway with several local community groups about giving them access to the facilities on site.
Listening to feedback
A previous application for Roanhead Lodge Resort was withdrawn in December 2023 so that ILM Group could review the extensive feedback received, in particular concerns expressed by environmental campaign groups.
Having listened to this feedback, ILM Group says its revised scheme represents a more balanced and sensitive approach that almost halves the number of lodges proposed on the resort from 450 down to 233.
Roanhead land use comparison
In turn, this will significantly reduce the number of visitors to the site and potential associated impacts on the natural environment, they claim.
The scheme does not encroach on any protected ecological areas and, as part of the new masterplan, buffer zones between the resort and designated nature sites has been expanded.
Greater protection has also been afforded to the nearby ancient woodland and the construction access to the site has been moved away from this area. Additionally, in direct response to concerns raised about potential disturbance to wildlife, dogs will no longer be allowed at the resort.
Jo Lappin, CEO at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“The Cumbria LEP fully supports the development of tourist facilities across Cumbria, so that visitors have the opportunity to experience the exceptional offer available across the whole of the county. The Roanhead Lodge resort will provide an excellent base for visitors to discover and explore the Furness Peninsula and its natural, industrial and cultural offer.
“It is really encouraging to see that the Resort developers have listened and responded to feedback from residents and stakeholders and taken this into account in developing their further plans for the site.”
The planning application will now go to consultation and people are invited to share their formal comments. To learn more about the proposed resort visit: www.roanhead.com