Planning consent and developments within the Lake District National Park

Napthens - August 12th 2019

Sometimes we showcase work achieved by other professional practices with whom we work and this project deserves highlighting given its location, the aspiration of the design and what has been achieved.

The Lake District National Park’s team, led by Steve Ratcliffe, have shared their vision in terms of the needs of Cumbrian hotspots  - in and out of the park – and demands which need to be met in accordance with the Cumbrian LEP’s plan for the local industrial strategy.

So in those plans you’ll see innovation, modernism, pragmatism and real thought which caters for all. The development at Otters Bank is a great example of what can be achieved.

Firth Associates Group regularly works on projects where clients want to buy and build something memorable or if they want to build something they have desired over the years. Here is a stunning example of Firth’s design flair in submitting plans for a distinctive character property on the shores of Lake Windermere, a feat difficult to achieve with, rightly, very strict National Park planning regulations.

The property at Otters Bank is inspired by the existing hillside topography and surrounding lakeside landscape character of the site. The simple forms of the building are taken from the lakes boathouses and boat sheds that typify the views from the lake.

The lower floor is laid out in a minimal style room layout for the bedrooms and garaging, built from local slate so that it appears to be hewn from, and part of the landscape. The plan of the lower floor aims to be flexible to accommodate the family and visitors, with all rooms designed to be fully accessible and inclusive in their design, creating a sustainable home which can adapt to the changing requirements of the family.

Joel Firth, director of Firth Associates Group said: "Our aim was to create a unique and exceptional home, inspired by its location in the National Park and built from the highest quality materials. The minimal aesthetic aims to reflect the beauty of the setting of the site whilst creating a unique and beautiful home.

"We were delighted when the planning permission was granted and look forward to seeing the project come to fruition."

Firth Associates continue their trend in procuring planning in Lancashire and Cumbria. Invariably it’s a case of showing the end result and results achieved which bring to life the skills of what people often read about.