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Lakes zip-wire plan rejected

Posted 8 September 2011
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Lakes zip-wire plan rejected
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A controversial plan to create a new zip wire close to routes where many Lake District visitors like to go walking has been rejected by national park planners.

The scheme had been the brainchild of Mark Weir, the late owner of the Honister Slate mine and the "Zip Weir" would have been the longest one of its kind in the northern hemisphere.

Authority members eventually voted by nine to five to block the plan, despite support from mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.

Groups like Friends of the Lake District and The Campaign for National Parks had provided submissions against the scheme.

Planning officer at Friends of the Lake District Richard Pearse said the decision was a victory for those who "believe that the open fell tops, free from man made developments, should be protected for everyone's benefit".

Honister is in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Natural England recently prosecuted the mine owners for carrying out potentially damaging activities there.

The body also warned this location could have suffered more harm if the zip wire went ahead.