Welcome to the Claife Parish Council website

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The Parish of Claife is situated in the beautiful English Lake District, between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water. Its villages include Colthouse and High Wray (upper Claife) Cunsey, Far Sawrey and Near Sawrey (lower Claife).

The Claife Parish Council web site has been set up to give Parish residents details of the Council, what it is doing and what it is discussing. It also gives access to the Council meetings’ minutes and provides details of the next Parish Council meeting so that residents can attend if they wish.

Parish Council responsibilities include  overseeing:

  • Drainage
  • Footpaths
  • Parking
  • Litter bins
  • Roadside parking and verges
  • Signs & notice boards
  • Play ground, common ground.
  • Crime reduction in the boundaries of Claife
  • Claife planning applications

The Parish Council is a Statutory Consultee for planning within the parish. This means that the local Planning Authority (Lake District National Park) must consult with the Parish Council prior to a decision being made on a planning application. The Parish Council has 21 days in which to make representation on the planning application. Although the Parish Council is invited to make representations on applications it is the Planning Authority that will determine the application.

Data Protection

The Parish Council is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.  Click to view Registration Record

Land owned by Claife Parish Council

The following parcels of land, allocated following Claife Inclosure Act 1794 and Award 1798 and which are registered pursuant to the Commons Registration Act 1965 are owned by Claife Parish Council:

  1. Tarn Hill Playground, Near Sawrey LA22 0JZ. Area c. 1350 sq m.  Used as a playground with adjoining parking area.
  2. Ash Landing Far Sawrey LA22 0LW.  Area c. 420 sq m. Used as amenity land for parishioners to launch craft onto Lake Windermere.  For map click here.
  3. Land adjoining Esthwaite Water Lake Bank Near Sawrey LA22 0JX. Area c. 0.4 hectares,  Used as amenity land including bridlepath. For title plan click here.
  4. Land adjoining Waterside, Near Sawrey LA22 0JX. Area c. 760 sq m. No authorised use. For title plan click here.

The following parcel of land, allocated following Claife Inclosure Act 1794 and Award 1798 is owned by Claife Parish Council:

  1. Land adjoining Chapel Cottage Far Sawrey LA22 0LQ. Area c. 100 sq m. Leased.    


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