Government Planning Inspector rules against blockage of the line by "infilling"
a bridge at Highgate (between Troutbeck and Threlkeld).
Inspector upheld the Lake District National Park Authority's refusal to grant planning permission.
The National Park's published written policy to protect the route was a key factor
in this decision.
Click here to read the news item in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
A news item from the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) gave the impression that the eight girder bridges
over the River Greta between Keswick and Threlkeld were being removed and replaced by footbridges.
That would have been a disaster for the Railway Re-opening Project, adding many millions of pounds to
Such action would also have been against the LDNPA's policies
to protect the route.
In fact, the LDNPA was installing new decks
on the existing bridges, specially designed for walkers, cyclist and wheelchair users. The programme of work was announced
in the summer of 2012 and includes valuable skills training for apprentices.
The new decking will help protect the main structure of the bridges from the worst effects of the weather and is
therefore to be welcomed.
CKP Railways plc has asked the LDNPA to
urgently issue a correction, as their badly worded article has created a panic and generated bad publicity for them.
Many people have contacted CKP Railways plc worried about this news.
A big thank you to everybody for being vigilant and contacting us in such a timely manner - within hours of
the item's release by the LDNPA.
Unfortunately the misleading story
has been reproduced on many media, history and railway websites, in newspapers and quoted by radio stations.
Click here to read the article on "Cumbria Crack"
In January 2013, the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) applied for permission
to expand its depot at Threlkeld station.
as submitted would have damaged the Railway trackbed and the platform area.
CKP Railways plc objected on the basis that this contravenes the LDNPA's own policies to protect
the Railway trackbed. Many other people also submitted objections to anything which would interfere with the Railway re-opening
or use of the footpath through the site.
March 2013, after many objections were received, the application was approved with conditions intended to protect the
Click here to read CKP's objection (pdf file)
In November 2012, British Railways Board (Residuary) Ltd., through its agents, applied
to the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) for permission to "infill" Bridge 91 at Highgate (between Troutbeck
LDNPA Core Policies adopted in 2010
"protect" the Railway trackbed.
plc objected on the grounds that this work would physically block the trackbed and add major costs to the Railway re-opening.
The application did not state what repairs the bridge needs.
January 2013, the LDNPA advised that it had rejected the application because it contravened policies to protect the Railway
trackbed - and that the applicant had been advised of the policy position before submitting it.
Click here to read CKP's objection (pdf file)
|A bridge over a railway trackbed being "infilled"
|Click on photograph to enlarge
No urgent notices December 2009 to October 2012
Planning Application received by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) which
would affect the trackbed at Troutbeck.
CKP Railways plc has
sent an objection.
The LDNPA has recently pledged to protect
the Railway trackbed (see Update 43).
LDNPA advised in December
that this planning application had been withdrawn.
It was later
resubmitted, but the LDNPA advised that negotiations would be held with the applicants regarding future provision for the
reinstatement of the Railway.
Click here to view the application details on the National Park Authority's website:
Click here to see a copy of CKP's comments
No urgent notices July to October 2009.
Update No. 43 distributed early September 2009.
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- July 2009
ANOTHER THREAT TO THE TRACKBED AT FLUSCO.
more than 60 objections, Eden District Council's Planning Committee granted Planning Permission for an industrial unit on
the alignment of the Railway at Flusco. The application was made public in April 2009 and the decision was made on Thursday
16th July 2009.
that Planning Permission for the Industrial Unit be granted and did not recommend any conditions regarding protection
of the Railway trackbed - even though the Council has such policies.
Urgent Notices June 2008 to March 2009.
5th June 2008
The Keswick to Penrith re-opneing
Project was featured on:
BBC North East and Cumbria,
Sunday 8th June 2008 at 12.00
The programme was available to watch on the BBC iPlayer until Sunday 15th June 2008
Comments about the Keswick to Penrith project
and other re-opening proposals, plus some archive film, were kept
on the BBC website:
6th May 2008
Planning Application to extend an agricultural shed at Cocklakes.
Application number 7/2008/3025 appeared on the Lake District National
Park Authority's (LDNPA) list for the week ending 12th April 2008 (published at the end of April).
This is a proposal to extend a shed for which permission was granted in November 2007. The location is adjacent
to the Railway trackbed at Cocklakes, between Troutbeck and Penruddock, south of the A66.
The plans, as submitted, were ambiguous - and could damage the Railway trackbed.
The LDNPA formally wrote to CKP Railways plc on the 28th of April 2008, asking
for comments. The LDNPA requested comments by the 14th of May.
To see the plans and read CKP Railways plc's response,
please click on the links below:
To view plans etc on the LDNPA website, click here
To read CKP Railways plc's comments, click here
29th January 2008
A planning application for a warehouse on the North Lakes Industrial
Park at Flusco was shown on the Eden District Council list of planning applications received up to 29th November 2007.
Eden District Council granted full approval on the 15th of January
2008, on condition that the development is carried out in accordance with the proposals submitted.
application as submitted does NOT affect the Keswick to Penrith Railway trackbed alignment.
CKP Railways plc commented that consultation will be required if the site is changed or any associated activities
could affect the trackbed.
Link to the documents relating to this application (Number 07 / 0991):
Planning Application 07 / 0991
The last time we asked people to write and object
Planning Application which could obstruct the trackbed
was in January 2007.
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