Lake Windermere, Cumbria

05 June 2008

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The future of one of the nation’s greatest natural treasures was the focus of the third Game event of 2008.

Run in conjunction with the Lake District National Park Authority, the session brought together a range of local and regional stakeholders to consider the future of the tourist and economic hub at Windermere Waterfront, utilising the Building Futures Game.

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Local area stakeholders in the park had the opportunity to think strategically and explore how the myriad of waterside projects can be considered in a holistic manner. The lakeside area is a popular destination and features a range of leisure and recreational facilities contributing greatly to the local economy. The Game considered this alongside its role in one of the UK’s top areas of outstanding natural beauty. The event aimed to identify and build consensus on shared aspirations in this sensitive location.

Lake District National Park Authority’s director of planning and partnerships Steve Ratcliffe:
“The Building Futures activity has enabled us to move forward with a significant strategic issue at a very quick pace. It brought key individuals together, helped to resolve some concerns and created four scenarios for the Windermere Waterfront Programme in less than four hours. When we looked back at our files, the same strategic issue was discussed on several occasions over 14 years, but with seemingly little progress with partners. So, moving from 14 years to four hours worth of productive activity is a result in itself.

We have also involved staff by using the activity internally. The event was extremely useful and 99% of those attending thought they would use the activity in some way in the future – from situations where we may need to resolve conflict or just to help plan a long term programme. Another four hours were spent talking on this.”