We’re delighted to say that the full site planning approval for WELLBANK PARK has been officially granted by the Lake District National Park and we have released the following media announcement today:

Ground-breaking plans approved : Lake District’s first ‘custom-build’ housing development

The first-ever ‘custom build’ housing development in the Lake District National Park has today been given the go ahead, after plans were approved by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Located on a former Ministry of Defence site near Bootle in West Cumbria, Wellbank Park will feature 50 custom-build house plots where homeowners buy the land and are supported to build their own energy-efficient dream homes, designed to fit their personal lifestyles.

The detached houses and bungalows will sit alongside a community hub, giving residents and locals access to a café/bistro, swimming pool, co-working space, meeting rooms and community exhibition space, as well as a hydrotherapy pool, gym, and sensory room. They will be set alongside spacious landscaped cycleways, pathways and two small lakes.

In keeping with Wellbank Park’s focus on accessibility, the development will also feature eight holiday homes for people with disabilities managed by Brickhouse Farm Cottages – who already run a successful site in Lancashire.

As well as bringing in new families to support small rural communities, it’s hoped the new development will be a positive boost for the local visitor economy.  

The development is the first of its kind in the Lake District National Park and is an opportunity for homeowners to create their dream home in a stunning location. Located just a stone’s throw from the Cumbrian coast, with a range of amenities on its doorstep, Wellbank Park aims to offer residents a place to live and work with a community feel.

Wellbank Park is being developed by property group F N Solutions in partnership with Hugr Homes, with properties being marketed by Lakes Estates. The first phase of building has already begun, with several houses nearing completion.

One of the Owners of F N Solutions, David Nuttall bought the site with his wife Janet and business partner Mark Frost, with a vision to attract new families to the area by creating a vibrant, mixed-use development centred around community and sustainability.

He says: “We are so pleased to achieve this milestone. Wellbank Park is a unique project and will have such a positive impact on the lives of those who live here. It’s a privilege to be working with Hugr Homes who help our new residents design and build their dream homes, and Brickhouse Farm Cottages who provide fantastic holidays for families challenged with disability.  

“Our vision to create a strong community underpinned with sustainable energy and environmental values has begun. Thanks to all in Bootle village and the wider West Cumbria for their support. We are now ready to help you build your next home.

Vicki Murray of Brickhouse Farm Cottages adds, We are thrilled about the partnership between Brickhouse Farm Cottages and Wellbank Park, and the opportunity to offer more accessible accommodation in such a beautiful setting. This collaboration emphasises the importance of accessibility and certainly is a step to ensuring English tourism continues to develop with accessibility at the forefront.”

Wellbank Park, Cumbria, Masterplan

WELLBANK PARK  – Masterplan

Anyone wanting to find out more about custom-build homes is invited to Wellbank Park’s ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 18 May 2024, including site tours and the chance to talk to the designers and builders.

Each plot costs from £120,000 with the build cost on top of that. The houses must all adhere to the Lake District’s design code and must be people’s primary residence. Eight plots have been set aside for affordable housing.


Notes to Editors:

For more information about Wellbank Park, visit wellbankpark.co.uk

For media enquiries, please contact: pressoffice@cumbriatourism.org / 01539 822222.

If you are interested in reserving a plot for a custom-build home at WELLBANK PARK CONTACT OUR TEAM today.