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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Business and holiday complex plan for quarry near Penrith

A new holiday complex and business park, which could create up to 300 jobs, is planned for Penrith.

Lyon Property Investments has submitted a proposal to Eden council to site 172 static caravans and chalets at the disused Blencowe Quarry, Blencowe.

The company also hopes to build a business park on the former quarry processing area which would include 10,000sq ft of commercial floor space.

The industrial estate is expected to offer space for 250 to 300 workers. The holiday complex would employ about a dozen people.

The scheme was first submitted to Eden Council last autumn, but was withdrawn after the developer ran out of time in answering queries about the plan.

An amended proposal has now been lodged with the council’s planning department. Bob Metcalfe, managing director of Lamplugh-based MJN Associates, acting as agents for Lyon, described the plans as “effectively identical” to those submitted last year.

Mr Metcalfe added that minor alterations had been made to road access to the business park and that the size of the holiday park had increased slightly to provide additional grass land for wildlife following a request by Natural England.

The Blencowe Quarry site is less than a mile from Flusco Wood holiday park, which comprises about 60 touring caravan sites and pine lodges. There are no plans for touring caravans at Blencowe.

Meanwhile, the Lake District National Park Authority has deferred a decision on whether eight camping ‘pods’ can be erected on a caravan site close to Pooley Bridge, near Penrith.

The ‘wooden tent-like’ structures are designed to give backpackers and visitors the benefits of camping without the need to carry tent equipment.

Planning officers have recommended the authority approves the plan, at the Hillcroft Caravan Site, but members of its development control committee decided to defer the decision for a site visit.

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