Welcome and thank you for taking the time to engage in our preliminary consultation regarding the future of parking and transport around Portinscale (particularly walkers accessing Cat Bells) and our proposal for a new car park to combat this issue at Ullock Moss. In this first stage of consultation we are seeking feedback on our early plans at Ullock Moss and the long term strategic vision for accessing Cat Bells and the local amenities of Portinscale. We are pleased to be proposing a scheme which is focused on resolving a long recognised and worsening issue. We want our proposals to be informed by the community and reflect the views of this beautiful part of the Lake District.
The site is located to the South of Portinscale, just to the West of Derwentwater, opposite Nichol End Marine. It is currently used as a clearing for forestry operations for the adjacent woodland. It is well positioned being located next to a footpath that leads to Cat Bells and around Derwentwater. Access will be via the existing clearing opposite Nichol End marine.
Currently the site is open and clearly visible from the road, with a tired post and wire perimeter fence, unmaintained bank and no soft screening. Surrounding the site, between Portinscale and Cupboard Field, it is estimated that there could be in excess of 150 vehicles parked on the side of the road with many at junctions, passing places and bends in the road where the road widens.
Given the areas natural beauty, its proximity to Cat Bells and Derwentwater shore means that many visitors, particularly with young children, try to park as close to the start of the local footpaths as possible. This has resulted in parking at Cat Bells becoming a long-recognised issue which appears to be getting worse, some of these many issues include:
The proposal for the car park will hold 100 spaces with the potential to expand by a further 65 car parking spaces, with 5% of spaces for disabled parking.
The proposals include on-site facilities such as:
• Shuttle bus pick up to Cupboard Field (near Cat Bells);
• E bike rental and charging facilities;
• Electric vehicle charging points; and
• Undercover waiting area.
In addition to the car park we propose to integrate with the wide range of off-road connectivity provisions:
Before we submit an application for planning permission, we would love to hear your views. Please share your thoughts by completing a feedback form here:
The comments we receive will inform and shape our proposal going forward. We want this to be a community positive project and welcome all views.
Please contact us on the following email address if you have any comments or questions