The Wasdale Head block will not now be built. Image: National Trust

The Wasdale Head block will not now be built. Image: National Trust

The National Trust has shelved plans for a new toilet block at Wasdale Head in the Lake District.

It said the proposal received several objections, despite the national park’s planning officer recommending approval.

The conservation charity will, however, press ahead with building new toilets at its Lake Head charity, almost a mile away.

The Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee gave the go-ahead for the Lake Head development, which lies at the foot of one of the most popular ascent routes of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

The trust said the approval was great news for the quarter of a million visitors who come to Wasdale each year.

An impression of how the Lake Head toilets will look. Image: National Trust/Crosby Granger Architects

An impression of how the Lake Head toilets will look. Image: National Trust/Crosby Granger Architects

Marian Silvester, its general manager in the west Lakes, said: “We’ve worked with the Environment Agency and the Lake District National Park Authority planners and work will start on building them in September to open next Easter.

“In the meantime temporary Portaloo toilets are available at Lake Head carpark.

“At Lake Head, the proposal is for 11 toilets within a 64 sq metre building.

After withdrawing its planning application for new toilets at Wasdale Head, the charity said it will now focus on providing good quality permanent toilets in the valley at the Lake Head car park.

It added: “Anyone wanting to spend a penny before arriving in Wasdale can find toilets at Eskdale Green, Gosforth, Ravenglass and Seascale, provided by the national park authority.”

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