Calls for the reintroduction of pop-up car parks in the Lake District

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The pop-up car parks that helped overcrowded areas of the Lake District absorb the influx of tourists after the lockdown have come to an end – unless the government thinks again, officials say.

A number of public bodies involved in dealing with the influx of pandemic visitors to the national park have called on ministers to reinstate a relaxation of rules introduced after the 2020 lockdown and then again for the summer of 2021.

It gave the park authority the freedom to allow new parking lots and temporary campsites to stay for up to 56 days in the summer – instead of the usual 28 days.

But that freedom has now been taken away, leading members of the multi-agency Lake District Tactical Visitors Management Group (TVMG) to call for his return.

Although not universally welcomed, the measure has allowed pressured areas such as Portinscale and Derwentwater to adapt to the growing number of holidaymakers unable to travel abroad.

This meant that short-term solutions like a large temporary car park at Portinscale could be introduced – without applicants needing to apply for full planning permission.

A number of agencies make up the TVMG including Cumbria Police, Local Councils, Cumbria Tourism, National Trust, LDNPA and the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

They asked the government to extend permitted development rights from 28 days to 56 days until December 2022.

A LDNPA spokesperson said: “The 28 and 56 day rule operations have been a long-standing feature of the tourism resource in the Lake District, increasing capacity at peak times and often benefiting property owners and visitors. local farmers, while providing capacity. for visitors to use.

Reintroducing the rule would help agencies working in extraordinary times manage anticipated visitor pressures in 2022, he added.

The Lake District’s claims are said to be under review by the government.

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