Lake district zip wire rejected

A renewed planning application for a zip wire measuring more than 3,280ft across the fells of the Lake District has been rejected.

Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington was among supporters of the proposals for Honister Slate Mine who tried to persuade committee members to approve the project.

Planning officers recommended its approval subject to a number of conditions but the Lake District National Park Authority's development control committee voted 7-4 against on the grounds of the impact on the landscape.

Last weekend Sir Chris tweeted his support for the plans at Honister Pass in Borrowdale, Cumbria, as he wrote: "Minimal environmental or visual impact, lots of fun, opposed by some."

It was a stance opposed by the Friends of the Lake District, of which he is vice president.

We are pleased that the Lake District National Park Authority members agreed that the scale of this proposal in this location was inappropriate and the open fell should remain free from man-made developments, protected for everyone's benefit. This is the best decision for the Lake District's wider tourism economy now and in the longer term."

– Friends of the Lake District