Steven Abbott Associates LLP helps English Lakes Hotels secure permission for a 4 million World Class Convention Centre at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel on the shore of Windermere

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North West based planning consultancy, Steven Abbott Associates LLP, acting as agents for English Lakes Hotels, has secured planning permission for a new 600 capacity Convention Centre on the shore of Windermere at the Low Wood Bay Hotel.

The Centre, designed by Kendal based Savage Chadwick Architects will be developed on land to the West of the A591 on the site which includes the existing Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre. The development will achieve one of the aspirations set out in the Lake District National Park Authority’s Core Strategy Windermere Waterfront Programme and will bring to the Lake District a world class Convention Centre which will host exhibitions, concerts, weddings, dinners and product launches for businesses, organisations and individuals from across the country and indeed world.

Brian Barden, Consultant at Steven Abbott Associates LLP said:

"English Lakes Hotels have long aspired to provide a first rate Convention Centre on part of the land currently occupied by the Low Wood Watersports Centre. The need for such a facility has been recognised in a number of economic reports and in the Lake District National Park Authority’s Core Strategy but even so, given the sensitivity of the site there were very many problems associated with nature conservation, landscape impact, design and traffic to be resolved. Despite a number of frustrations along the way, the cooperation of a team of appropriate experts with the Officers of the National Park Authority and their consultees, has led in the end to the approval of a first rate facility of an innovative and exciting design, which will greatly enhance this particular site and the facilities provided to assist the tourist business in this part of the Lake District.”

35 jobs will be created at the Convention Centre, which will also generate income in the wider local economy for other tourism businesses.

Others involved in the planning process include Landscape Architects & Environmental Planners, Woolerton Dodwell ,Traffic Engineering Consultants, Turner Lowe Associates Ecologists, Rural and Environmental Chartered Surveyors, Envirotech and Bat Surveyor, Sally Phillips.

For further information on Steven Abbott Associates LLP’s expert team and the services provided please contact us at our Kendal Office on 01537 724 766, our Appley Bridge Office on 01257 251 177, or via email.

For information on the Low Wood Bay Resort phone 01539433773

(May 2012).

Images provided by Savage Chadwick Architects.