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Old November 15th, 2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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CUMBRIA Area (inc. Carlisle) Developments - Areas and Subjects NOT being covered elsewhere on Skyscraper City

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USING THIS COMMUNAL AREA OF THE NORTH EAST ENGLAND SUB-FORUM . . .


Recently, a thread has been set up in this 'communal area' of the forum, called "Northumberland Area Developments - Areas NOT covered on the Newcastle Forum"

That thread covers the areas in the 'extreme-West' and 'extreme-North' of the County of Northumberland.

Those areas have 'urban-development' issues, like any other area, but they are either not actually covered by the Newcastle Metro Area Forum (they are outwith the remit of that forum) or they are simply not easily covered on there, because they are not 'identifiable' with the Metropolitan Area.

I feel that there may well be a similar situation in certain areas of Cumbria, where there are small developments and relevant issues for discussion, that are actually NOT covered anywhere else on Skyscraper City.

We actually already have one 'specific' thread on here, covering a Cumbria Development issue (The Whitehaven Harbour Redevelopment) and other new threads can always be set up on this part of the forum for any other major Cumbria development, but perhaps the smaller issues can be covered and discussed, in this thread.

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Cumbria has it's own regeneration company, Britain's Energy Coast. The website can be found at: http://www.britainsenergycoast.com/

From the website:
Britain’s Energy Coast™ is a £2 billion package of regeneration projects that will establish the West Coast of Cumbria as a major national hub for low carbon and renewable energy generation.

Building on the existing expertise within West Cumbria’s world-renowned nuclear industry, the vision is to transform the boroughs of Copeland, Allerdale and Furness into a thriving centre of excellence for energy technologies ranging from off-shore wind, tidal and wave to biomass, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste.

Nationally the Britain’s Energy Coast™ initiative could play a major role in the country’s response to the pressing challenges of climate change and energy security. Locally it has the potential to create 16,000 jobs and boost Cumbria’s economic performance by £800 million a year.

Importantly the “energy” in Britain’s Energy Coast™ extends well beyond the energy industry and runs through all aspects of life for the area’s proud communities. This is why significant investment is being made to transport links and housing; widespread improvements made to health services; and new leisure, cultural and sporting facilities created to serve local people and visitors alike.

By acting locally and thinking globally we can build a brighter future for West Cumbria’s communities and help create a better environment for everyone.


There's also Barrow Regeneration ( http://www.barrowregeneration.co/ ). The main development is the Marina Village:

From the website:
Marina Village is the jewel in the crown of Barrow’s exciting transformation. The £105 million mixed residential, retail and leisure development will see the creation of a new sustainable community on the site of a former railway siding – breathing new life into Barrow’s once bustling waterfront and vastly improving the image of the town as a dynamic and progressive place to live, work and relax. It is complemented by a 350-berth marina, which will put Barrow firmly on the itineraries of boat owners and yachties and establish the town as the “sea gateway” to the Lake District.

Marina Village and the Leisure Marina amount to a £105 million investment – with £20 million being sought from public sector funds – and will be delivered in phases over a ten to fifteen year period. Work could start on the first phase of housing in the next few years, although the development of a Leisure Marina and new access canal has been put on hold until market conditions improve. A £2 million Cumbria County Council-led project to create a brand new Wetland Nature Reserve at Cavendish Dock has already been completed. The dock has long been used as a reservoir for the adjacent Roosecote gas-fired power station, creating a special habitat for many species, including wildfowl and mute swans, due to the artificial rise in water temperature.
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Great North Western Railway

GNWR is seeking to introduce new train services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) between London Euston and North West stations into West Yorkshire, London Euston to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast, and London Euston to Blackpool.

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Services outlined are planned to start in late 2013 following the introduction of new rolling stock, and the considerable task of negotiating acceptance of the proposals through the industry’s mechanisms is currently being udertaken.

GNWR recognises the importance that passengers place on direct services, value for money, reliability, quality and comfort, and will ensure its proposals are fully developed in association with future passengers and stakeholders.



Recent evidence has shown that new operators offering a simple to understand package give confidence and clarity on ticket purchase, and whilst GNWR accepts that it will not always be the cheapest option, there will be a transparent consistency in its pricing. The fact that there will also be choice for passengers is a major benefit and helps direct operator focus to the quality of their own service delivery.

The WCML has seen a considerable amount of investment during the recent upgrade and the current operator offers a high quality and high frequency timetable. However, many important and influential towns and cities do not enjoy such a service. GNWR intends to directly link not only those towns and cities with London, but also with each other.

Alliance is also working with Network Rail and other interested parties on the provision of improved facilities at a number of geographically important locations to make these stations safer and more accessible to support the challenge of changing travel patterns, particularly in encouraging car drivers to travel by train.


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From the Whitehaven News First published at 15:48, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Published by http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk

Tesco plans to double the size of its North Shore supermarket. The multi-million development could lead to around 150 new jobs.

Tesco and Copeland Council have finally agreed terms over two separate land deals. These will not only give space for a bigger Tesco but also kickstart the £2.5 million Whitehaven Transport Interchange.

This will link the supermarket, the nearby harbour and the town centre with new bus and rail transport facilities, providing easy access to the store and transport facilities for shoppers, pedestrians and visitors to the town.

The scheme is said to be a vital cog in Whitehaven’s regeneration “delivering an iconic gateway for the north-western approach to Whitehaven town centre”.

Tesco’s Board has the finalised blueprint and Copeland Council keenly awaits a new planning application so it can give permission for the expanded superstore.

“I have spoken to Tesco and they want to move as quickly as possible,” said Pat Graham, the council’s new corporate director for people and places.

“All has been resolved, there is just the legal process to complete. We are committed,” she added.

Whitehaven’s Tesco store will double in size and be built on stilts with a covered car park underneath.

When detailed plans were first put on public display three years ago, Tesco said that on top of the existing 280 staff another 150 jobs would be created once the store was up and running.

The Tesco petrol station will be moved and incorporated into the store development site.

One of the few planning stumbling blocks appears to be the Stephenson & Sproat motor repair shop next to the railway station.

Cumbria County Council confirmed yesterday it had agreed to make a compulsory purchase order to buy the garage along with adjacent land in unknown ownership.

This particular site was “essential” to make way for the transport interchange.

The county council says it is “progressing” with the order.

Negotiations are believed to be going on behind the scenes but one of the garage business partners, Bob Stephenson, declined to comment.

The scheme has dragged on for five years since Tesco put in its original planning application. It was revised in favour of a much bigger development after Asda showed interest in setting up its own store at the other end of town.

Asda has since pulled out of its proposed Pow Beck development.

Now the multi-million pound Tesco expansion is finally set to go ahead subject to planning approval.

Copeland has sold one parcel of land to Tesco – a sale previously reported to be in the region of £100,000 – and the council in turn has bought some land from the Tesco Board to aid the wider scheme.

The Whitehaven News was told yesterday that the cost of the transport interchange is £2.5 million, funded jointly by West Cumbria’s Energy Coast, Copeland Council and the county council.

Coun Cath Giel, who has responsibility for Copeland’s strategy development, said: “This is a gem of a scheme, it has everything good about it. Apart from the great improvements for rail and bus passengers it will make it much easier for people to get around. It is the beginning of transformation in Whitehaven, a real asset for the town.

“We are finally getting there, I am delighted. It has been hard work with some quite complex deals involved. We can now look forward to Tesco’s new planning application giving full details about what they propose. Clearly, if the store is going to be double the present size, there will be additional jobs, which has to be welcome.”

Illustrations of how things will look have gone on display at the railway station, which is to be improved.

Instead of a new bus station as such there will be three bus stands affording continuous shelter and wind protection schemes similar to those in Newcastle city centre.

Other key features include:

A high quality landscaped public space

Bransty Row junction widened

Dual access for cars and buses at the interchange entrance

Bus interchange areas

Taxi ranks

Passenger drop-off points

Strong pedestrian and cycle links to the waterfront

Pay and display parking for 53 vehicles.

Views will now be sought from regular bus and rail passengers and transport operators, including taxi firms.

There will wider public consultation once Tesco submits its planning application.





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Enterprise board’s make-up is decided
The Cumberland News, Tuesday, 28 December 2010, by Julian Whittle


PUBLIC sector organisations have finally agreed on the board make-up of the new Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

LEPs are a government initiative to boost the economy.

The Cumbria LEP takes over from the Northwest Regional Development Agency and its offshoot, Cumbria Vision, which will be abolished next year.

Cumbria’s LEP will have a board of 12 people – six from the private sector and six from the public sector.

Local authorities and other public-sector bodies spent weeks arguing overwho should have their six seats.

They have now agreed that one will go to Cumbria County Council, three to district councils, one to the Lake District National Park Authority and one to the further-education sector.

These organisations must now decide who their representatives will be.

One district seat place will be shared by Carlisle and Eden councils, the others by Allerdale and Copeland, and South Lakeland and Barrow.


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Council backs new nuclear power station build
Thursday 13 January 2011, Whitehaven News


COPELAND councillors have reaffirmed their support for a new nuclear power station on land adjacent to Sellafield, as part of its response to a government consultation.

Copeland’s full council meeting yesterday agreed a response to the government’s re-consultation on its National Policy Statements (NPS) for Energy.

This is the policy documents that outline the government’s approach to energy generation and which list potential sites for new nuclear power stations.

The authority has previously backed plans for a new power station near to Sellafield, which was always the council’s priority site.

Council leader, Elaine Woodburn, said: “Councillors on all sides of the political spectrum have backed plans for a new nuclear power station adjacent to the Sellafield site.

“All councillors recognise the significance of building a power station in Copeland, and the impact it could have on our economy.

“We’ve taken huge steps forward with nuclear new build since we last considered these policy statements, and are now working with a potential developer and with our partners and the commercial sector regarding grid connections. This is down to the hard work and belief of those involved.”


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Planning bid to turn ex-Carlisle pub into flats and shop
13th January 2010, by Julian Whittle, Cumberland News


The former Railway Inn

CARLISLE'S historic Railway Inn could get a new lease of life as a shop and four apartments.

The Grade II-listed sandstone building has stood empty since it closed as a pub in 2005.

Vitapoint Properties of London obtained planning permission to restore and convert the building in December 2007.

But planning consent has lapsed, prompting fresh proposals.

These would create a shop unit on an extended ground floor, with the demolition of redundant toilets and conversion of the manager’s accommodation upstairs into four apartments.


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Lowther Castle revamp boost
January 23rd 2011, by Zoe Burn, Sunday Sun



A DERELICT fairy- tale castle is to be transformed into a major tourist attraction.

Lowther Castle and Gardens in Askham near Penrith will undergo a £9m restoration project which will take up to 20 years to complete.

It is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors a year and boost the Cumbrian economy.

But the doors will open to the public this spring giving early visitors the chance to see the work in progress.

Earlier this month the Lake District National Park Authority gave the go-ahead to begin work on the structure of the run-down Gothic castle, having already granted permission to open as a tourist attraction last year.

The historic site has belonged to the Lowther family since the Middle Ages and a castle has stood there since the 12th Century.

The existing building dates back to 1806 and was the first commission by Robert Smirke who later built the British Museum


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What an extraordinary building. Makes you wonder how it was ever allowed to fall into this state. The Lowthers were a hugely important family in Cumbria at one time. I remember reading about how they had planned to expand Whitehaven harbour to make it one of the country's biggest ports, but decided against it becuase it wasn't in the town's best interests. Things could've been very different if the plans had gone ahead.
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Back to the drawing board for the Whitehaven transport interchange plans, for some reason. Due to certain elements not being considered, the council has withdrawn the plans in order to make amendments. It's not clear exactly what the problem is, although acording to the Whitehaven News, the owners of the garage at one side of the site (which would be demolished in the scheme) have objected and have 1000 signitures to support them. The transport interchange is being proposed alongside, but independenly from, Tesco's plans to increase the size of it's whitehaven store.

I love the way that the developers have described the plans as 'iconic'. Another word in the English language that has had the life sucked out of it by mindless overuse.
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New store ‘will create 150 jobs’
By Alan Irving
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TESCO today unveils ambitious plans to build an expanded Whitehaven harbourside superstore, creating 150 new jobs.





Managers say that doubling the size of the North Shore store, allied to the new jobs in a multi-million pound development, will not only give a big lift to the local economy but also help make Whitehaven more attractive.

Built on stilts, with parking underneath, the development will bring Tesco closer to the waterfront. There will be links to a public plaza with landscaped spaces for seating and walking.

And the superstore’s new elevated position will give shoppers and café customers commanding views out to sea.

An exhibition opens in the store today for local people to view the plans and ask questions before Tesco submits its full planning application.

The new jobs will come “across all levels in the store” and also give existing staff the opportunity for promotion.

Around 280 are employed round the clock at present (the store is open 24 hours a day except Sundays) and the new positions will be both full- and part time, making Tesco one of the borough’s biggest employers.

Forming part of what Copeland Council calls an “iconic gateway into the town”, the superstore will be linked directly to the planned £2.5 million train and bus transport interchange. It is hoped to provide a ‘walk-in’ entrance to the store from an improved Bransty railway station.

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Not sure about the description of a tesco supermarket forming an "iconic gateway into the town", although the use of wood panels as cladding material is interesting.
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Care home plans for Scalesceugh Hall
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, March 16th 2011



A LISTED building in a Northern beauty spot will be turned into a care home after being bought for more than £1m.

Wellburn Care Homes has purchased the Grade II listed Scalesceugh Hall in Carleton, near Carlisle, with commercial property specialists Sanderson Weatherall acting on behalf of sellers Cumbria Cerebral Palsy Society.

Wellburn which owns 14 care homes across the North of England, five of which are in listed buildings, the balance being in conservation areas. The company was recently granted approval on plans to convert Scalesceugh into a 47-bedroom all single en suite, care home, with an additional six ‘close care’ cottages in part of the grounds.

The Cumbrian home, designed in an early 20th Century style, is in a peaceful country village and has Edwardian landscaped gardens. Work on site will begin shortly, with the doors set to open autumn 2012.


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Blaze at poet’s historic home
by Rachel Wearmouth, The Journal, March 24th 2011


THE North home of William Wordsworth was damaged by a blaze in the early hours of yesterday.

Five fire crews were called to Allan Bank, in Cumbria’s Grasmere, after a fire broke out in the roof and spread to the first floor of the house once inhabited by the poet laureate.

The tenants of the property, which now belongs to the National Trust, escaped unharmed. An investigation was launched yesterday to determine how the damage to the historic country home happened.

Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the three founders of the National Trust, bought Allan Bank in 1915 and left the property to the trust when he died in 1920.

The organisation still owns the building and adjoining land, although it is not open to the public. A spokesperson for the National Trust said: “Allan Bank was given to us by Canon Rawnsley. William Wordsworth lived there between 1808 and 1811, between the ages of 38 and 41.


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Halton Lea Gate villagers’ anger at new opencast plan
by Paul Tully, The Journal, March 25th 2011


A NEW wave of objections is set to greet a fresh bid for an opencast dig in a remote Northumberland village.

Four environmental groups as well as the local parish council and 81 individuals have lodged protests against plans to take 140,000 tonnes of high-grade coal from a field adjacent to the Cumbrian border at Halton Lea Gate.

Houghton-le-Spring-based HM Project Developments, which was turned down by planners 16 months ago, has come back with an amended application. The area is close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the villagers anxious to preserve their rural lifestyle are determined not to be beaten.

Councillors from the county planning and environment committee will pay an official visit to the 75-acre site on April 8 to assess the situation.

But the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Natural England, the RSPB and the Tyne Rivers Trust as well as Hartleyburn Parish Council and the county ecologist have all stated their cases against the controversial plans.


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Radio 1 Big Weekend comes to Carlisle

Acts including Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Black Eyed Peas and Tinie Tempah will be performing at Carlisle Airport on the 14th and 15th of May in front of 40,000 people in the UK's largest free ticketed music festival.

Cant believe this is coming to Carlisle!!!!!

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What are the stroke's doing playing the 'in new music we trust' stage? It's a decent looking lineup, although I doubt I'll apply, These kind of events usually attract a young crowd. I'll stick to glastonbury where I fit in more.
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Bid to build 35 flats on site of former hospital
23rd April 2011, North West Evening Mail


A LARGE new housing development could be built in the centre of Barrow.

Developer Neil Price Ltd has applied to build 35 flats and six apartments on the site of the former Lonsdale Hospital in School Street.

The application was previously submitted in 2005, when planning permission was granted for a similar development.

The site, which has been vacant for 16 years, is situated between the Risedale Nursing Home and St George’s Church.

A statement prepared by the Barrow-based company as part of the application said plans for the development had been revised to meet local housing needs.

It said: “Since the 2005 application, the combination of the recent economic downturn, the increased level of requirement from potential purchasers and government legislation together with similar new developments within the town has prompted a review of the site.


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Fire authority report spells out merger issues
by David Black, The Journal, May 2nd 2011


CREATING a single fire and rescue authority for Northumberland and Cumbria will lead to job losses and spark widespread opposition, a new report warns.

Merging the two counties’ fire services would result in redundancies, and is likely to face “high levels” of resistance from firefighters and the public, it claims.

A full merger is the most radical of five options identified by a three-month study into how the two brigades could collaborate and share management.

They are set out in a report by Cumbria’s chief fire officer, Dominic Harrison, which will be considered by Northumberland county councillors next week.

The study was approved in January by both county councils in an attempt to assess whether a merger could save money while also improving fire and rescue services across England’s most northerly counties.

Yesterday Coun Peter Jackson, leader of the opposition Conservative and Independent group on Northumberland County Council, said: “I think we have wasted three months and a lot of time and effort on this. The report is lacking in detail and there is no business case or costs for the five options.

“To have a Northumberland brigade managed from 100 miles away is completely nonsensical. There are major problems with council tax and it seems to me that a full blown merger with Cumbria is off the table.’”


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Space-age mission for nuclear lab
By Alan Irving

Last updated at 15:37, Thursday, 26 May 2011


WEST Cumbria is entering the age of space exploration with the news that cutting-edge technology needed to launch future European space missions is to be developed in the National Nuclear Lab at Sellafield. If successful it will mean radioactive batteries being produced to power new space flights. The European Space Agency has given £1 million to the laboratory to show that it can work. Conservative energy minister Charles Hendry and Copeland’s Labour MP Jamie Reed both welcomed the news.

“Absolutely superb,” said Mr Reed, “but this is only the beginning. It puts the NNL and West Cumbria in a very different league. The NNL will have a transforming effect upon how people see West Cumbria in the future.” Once the technology using the radionuclide americium has been proved, it is hoped the agency will place a follow-up contract for a satellite battery production line to be set up in the NNL’s Sellafield Central lab.


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