Former Troutbeck Auction Mart Site, adjacent to A66, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA11 0SJ

Former Troutbeck Auction Mart Site, adjacent to A66, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA11 0SJ


A unique development opportunity of around 1.34 acres of land occupying a high-profile position adjacent to the A66, the main road and ‘northern gateway’ into the Lake District National Park. Previous planning advice suggests that potential uses could be local occupancy or affordable housing, office and warehouse.


The subject land is situated immediately to the south of the A66 in Troutbeck, equidistant between the towns of Penrith and Keswick which are nine miles away. Troutbeck is an attractive hamlet in the northern area of The Lake District National Park, around 4 miles north of Matterdale and 5 miles north of Ullswater and is characterised by sparsely developed houses, a bed and breakfast and The Troutbeck Inn which is immediately south of the site.

The land lies adjacent to the A66 at its junction with the A5091, benefitting from 10,000 vehicles passing daily and providing excellent access to Keswick, Bassenthwaite and the A591 which travels down to the central Lakes and also Junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith.

Penrith is an attractive market town and is a stopping point on a number of the Coast to Coast routes, supported by good retail and leisure facilities including Sainsbury’s, Booths, Morrisons and Aldi Supermarkets as well as Boots, M&S Food, Argos and WH Smith and a range of quality local shops and restaurants. Penrith has a train station on the main West Coast Line with direct services north to Carlisle (15 minutes) and Glasgow (1 hour 30 minutes) and south to London Euston with a journey time of around 3 hours.

Keswick, which sits between Skiddaw and Derwentwater, is a major centre for tourism in the northern Lake District and is a pretty market town offering a wide range of attractions for visitors including shops and restaurants, museums, two marinas and is very popular for outdoor activities.


The subject site extends to some 0.54 hectares (1.34 acres) comprising a former auction mart which has been redundant for a number of years. The land is bounded to the north by the A66 and is accessed from the A5091 on the western boundary. Agricultural land extends to the east.

The land is classed as Brownfield having been previously developed and was subject to an outline planning application in August 2012 (Lake District National Park Ref: 7/2012/3076) which was for 12 No. new build residential units, 3 No. workshop units and an office building. It is understood that the application remains live and was to be granted approval subject to a Section 106, the housing being restricted to local occupancy and/or affordable housing.

Interested parties should discuss potential scheme proposals with The Lake District National Park Authority, telephone 01539 724555.


The purchaser will be responsible for the assessment of ground conditions and will need to satisfy themselves that development can take place safely.


Interested parties are advised to rely upon their own enquiries for the availability of services and it is the responsibility of the purchaser to determine the exact position of existing services and to arrange for any modification/connection of these to the development in consultation with the relevant services providers.


Offers are invited in excess of £225,000 for the freehold interest of our Client’s Title: CU85064.

It should be noted that we are not obliged to accept the highest or any offer/proposal, without prejudice and subject to contract.


All figures quoted are exclusive of VAT where applicable.


Each party to bear their own legal costs in the preparation and settlement of the sale documentation together with any VAT thereon.


The site is available to view with prior arrangement with the Carlisle Office of Edwin Thompson LLP.  Contact:

John Haley,

Tel: 01228 548385



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  1. The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, any offer or contract.
  2. All descriptions, dimensions, plans, reference to condition and necessary conditions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their correctness.
  3. No person in the employment of Edwin Thompson has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Agents, nor into any contract on behalf of the Vendor.
  4. No responsibility can be accepted for loss or expense incurred in viewing the property or in any other way in the event of the property being sold or withdrawn.
  5. These particulars were prepared in August 2020.

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    Price £225,000
    Town/City Keswick
    Status New
    Size (Acres)