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Old November 6th, 2019, 04:34 PM   #1181
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Central Plaza Hotel

Latest update from Carlisle City Council has appeared online today.

Demolition of the building is planned to start on Monday 11th November and is expected to take 3-4 months at a large cost. So the road closures around the building will remain in place for quite some time.

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Following the inspection of the Central Plaza by a specialist demolition expert, it has been confirmed that demolition work will start on Monday 11 November.

There are many significant structural issues that will worsen at an accelerated rate over the winter months. The engineer recommended that we should begin planning for complete demolition. The engineer’s full report has now been received and the final enabling works are underway. Protective hoarding has been installed and will continue to be installed this week in readiness for the start of the demolition works.

Penetrating ground radar has also been carried out of West Walls including three-point Cloud Surveys of West Walls and the Medieval Vaults.

The work is set to start on site next week (Monday 11 November). This is likely to take between three and four months but will be completed as quickly and safely as possible. Contractors will continue to work over the Christmas period.

The total cost of the demolition works is £1.35 million, which includes the enabling works detailed above and professional fees. Local contractors and engineers will undertake the work.
Full press release at https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and...plaza-update-3
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Old November 6th, 2019, 04:55 PM   #1182
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More ambitious plans have been revealed as part of the Borderlands Growth Deal. I am not sure exactly what is meant by Campus, as the term seems to have changed its meaning in recent years, and what is described does not resemble what I always thought of as a campus.

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£80 million Carlisle campus partnership revealed

The campus is part of a vision for a 'city gateway' to be developed at the railway station and Citadels area, with higher education, shopping business, and cultural facilities.

The project is one of several being worked on under the Government’s £394.5m Borderlands Growth Deal.

The campus proposal aims to act as a catalyst for the Borderlands to encourage new business and employment opportunities, while regenerating the city centre.

The University of Cumbria is working with Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to develop the campus plans.
Full story at https://www.in-cumbria.com/news/1801...ship-revealed/
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Old November 6th, 2019, 05:12 PM   #1183
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And having read the press release from the University of Cumbria I am not really any the wiser. It seems to be full of vague statements and buzz-words with no real substance.

https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/news...ds-region-.php

I would like to know how a "campus" could be fitted in the Citadels area of Carlisle, which as far as I am aware consists only of two smallish and old buildings (The Courts). Even if the land which has recently been turned into a car park (where two county council buildings had been previously) was used it is not a large area. I also wonder how the cost of £80 million has been arrived at - although it is rather hard to judge how costly something will be when details are so vague, it seems like a lot of money to me.
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Old November 7th, 2019, 10:53 AM   #1184
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Ambitious plans are afoot for Whitehaven town centre, according to the Whitehaven News:

"Plans being drawn-up to rejuvenate Whitehaven town centre

AN ambitious vision to “modernise” Whitehaven in a bid to attract more young professionals to live and work in the town is now taking shape.

Ideas on the table include the creation of a catering school, the repair of dilapidated historic buildings and improving the appearance of the harbour area.

Regeneration chiefs are also looking into the possibility of developing an “augmented reality” including holograms projected in the street – and interactive information on the town’s heritage beamed through to people’s mobile phones.

Among the ideas mooted are the development of community-led housing co-op for young professionals, a parking improvement overhaul and the creation of a youth and cultural centre in the heart of the town."


Full story with lots of details of the plans at https://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/new...n-town-centre/
I think this story in In Cumbria is related to the above, as it concerns the Future High Street Fund mentioned in the earlier news item. It seems to be mainly about getting more money to develop a bid for much more money:

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Bid to boost Whitehaven gathers pace

Ambitious plans to attract millions of pounds-worth of investment into Whitehaven have moved a step closer this week as Copeland council’s bid for Government cash gathers pace.

The authority has now received £150,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help develop their plans to secure a multi-million investment through the Future High Street Fund.

But to give their bid the best possible chance of success, the executive this week agreed that they would seek another £50,000.

And should further funding be offered, councillors will seek approval from full council for the receipt and spending of up £350,000 for individual business plans to underpin the bid.
Full story at https://www.in-cumbria.com/news/1801...-gathers-pace/
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Old November 11th, 2019, 11:26 AM   #1185
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Churchill Retirement Living plans to knock down old Kendal courthouse and build 64 flats


PLANS to demolish a former courthouse and replace it with dozens of retirement flats have landed on planners' desks.

The old South Cumbria Magistrates' Court has been sitting empty on Burneside Road, Kendal, since June 2017.

Read more https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co...uild-64-flats/
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Old November 11th, 2019, 02:32 PM   #1186
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Central Plaza Hotel

Another update from Carlisle City Council, dated 11th November 2019.

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Our contractors have now taken control of the Central Plaza site.

Prior to the demolition of the main building, the contractors will undertake enabling works that will ensure that adjacent and adjoining buildings are protected. Over the next few weeks they will also be creating a platform for the specialist long reach demolition vehicle to access the rear of the main building.

Due to the loading restrictions on Victoria Viaduct, the demolition vehicle will need to access the site from West Walls and demolition will be undertaken from the rear of the building towards the front. This will contain the debris field.

The work started on site today (Monday 11 November) and is likely to take between three and four months but will be completed as quickly and safely as possible. Contractors will continue to work over the Christmas period.

We continue to support businesses and are proposing to put in place a hardship fund for businesses directly affected. We have also set-up a hotline which will enable those businesses affected to have direct access to the support team.
Full press release at https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and...plaza-update-3

The News & Star has picked up on the hardship fund and has a detailed report about this, at https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...al-plaza-saga/

This includes more details about the hardship fund, with fine details to be discussed next week and the continued closure of the Tesco Metro - during the last closure of the road the Tesco remained open ttha nks to a side entrance, but this time the road leading to that entrance has been closed.

As it happens I was in town this morning and took a photo of the area from the junction of English Street and Victoria Viaduct. Not great conditions, but a record of nothing visible happening yet, which is what I expected to see.

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Old November 13th, 2019, 12:33 PM   #1187
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Plan for 84 dwellings on Kendal outskirts gets approval


A PLAN for 84 dwellings on the outskirts of Kendal was voted through unanimously by the planning committee of South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).

The site, south of Underbarrow Road, was subject to a previous planning application which was refused in November 2016. An appeal against the decision was dismissed in February 2018.

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Old November 14th, 2019, 11:31 AM   #1188
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


Tears of relief from residents as Kendal basin proposal sunk


A PLAN for a surface water storage basin on the outskirts of Kendal has been turned down following a passionate debate at a South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) meeting.

The proposal, centred on open space to the east of High Sparrowmire and put forward by South Lakes Housing, was prompted by the need to deal with surface water from the planned development of 26 houses to the north of the road.

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Old November 19th, 2019, 11:42 AM   #1189
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This from the News & Star,---


Dementia homes scheme moves forward


PLANS to build over 40 dementia-friendly homes in Distington are moving forward.

Distington Big Local, the organisation behind the ambitious scheme, will hold a public event to unveil the plans next week.

Project manager Ingrid Morris says they are on track to lodge a planning application with Copeland Council early next year, and if approved, it is hoped work will begin next Autumn.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...moves-forward/
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Old November 20th, 2019, 11:11 AM   #1190
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Another update from Carlisle City Council, dated 11th November 2019.

Full press release at https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and...plaza-update-3

The News & Star has picked up on the hardship fund and has a detailed report about this, at https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...al-plaza-saga/

This includes more details about the hardship fund, with fine details to be discussed next week and the continued closure of the Tesco Metro - during the last closure of the road the Tesco remained open ttha nks to a side entrance, but this time the road leading to that entrance has been closed.
THe News and Star is reporting that the hardship fund has been approved by the council.

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...lp-businesses/
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Old November 23rd, 2019, 12:07 PM   #1191
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This from the News & Star,--

Plans to demolish part of Carlisle Civic Centre set to get go-ahead, despite objections

PLANS to demolish part of Carlisle Civic Centre look set to get the go-ahead this week.

Carlisle City Council wants to flatten the smaller rotunda building, which is attached to the main 11-storey tower, in Rickergate - but the Civic Trust has objected.

The council wants to create a new entrance and extend the car park, creating 40 more spaces.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...te-objections/
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Decision deferred as agreement to approve the plans could not be reached and nor could a proposal to reject the plans.

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...ntre-deferred/

A separate application regarding internal changes to other parts of the Civic Centre (application 19/0235) was approved.
The application to demolish the Rotunda and replace with an extended car park was approved yesterday.

I am with the Carlisle Civic Trust in thinking that this is a retrograde move. To quote from the comment made by the trust in the recommendations report:

"A City should reflect its development and history through its architecture but it is not just that good examples are retained but how they appear cared for that can send a strong message to citizen and visitor alike as to how a community sees itself.

The Trust is opposed to the partial demolition of the Civic Centre complex. Its
significance as a non-designated heritage asset is far higher with the retention of the design's original concept – the main tower block or 'secretariat' the committee rooms for democratic interaction which both culminate visually and purposefully in the Council Chamber rotunda. As our working guidance suggests the completeness of a building concept is of great importance and the loss of the rotunda as the focus of the Civic statement would be significant."
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Old November 25th, 2019, 12:17 PM   #1192
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This from the News & Star,---


Pub chain’s u-turn on new build


A PUB chain has made a u-turn on plans to build a new pub in West Cumbria.

Two years ago Marston’s received approval for a riverside pub to be built next to Tesco in Workington.

However, earlier this year, Lidl submitted plans for a new supermarket to be built on the same site.

The Lidl plans, submitted in August, have not yet been approved by Allerdale council’s planning panel.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...urn-new-build/
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30th November
Demolition plan for part of Carlisle's Civic Centre approved



PLANS to demolish part of Carlisle’s towering Civic Centre have been approved.

The rotunda on the side of the city council’s headquarters will be bulldozed as part of an ambitious redevelopment plan.

Its upper floor houses the council chamber, where the decision to approve the project was given the go-ahead by members of the development control committee yesterday.

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Old December 5th, 2019, 06:59 PM   #1194
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Latest Central Plaza update from Carlisle City Council has appeared today:

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Following our contractors taking control of the Central Plaza site on Monday 11 November, work continues and has included some partial demolition.

This has included the separation of the Central Plaza Hotel from West Walls Theatre, the demolition of the lower range of buildings and the construction of an access platform to accommodate a 67-tonne high reach demolition excavator.

The design team explored all options to safely demolish the building but due to the loading restrictions on Victoria Viaduct, the high reach demolition excavator will commence work from the rear of the site gaining access to the site via West Walls working forwards to Victoria Viaduct.

The demolition vehicle is due to arrive on site next week. Once it is safely positioned on site, the demolition of the main building will take place.
Full press release at https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and...plaza-update-3
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News and Star take on the press release, including a picture:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...remove-debris/
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Old December 6th, 2019, 01:00 PM   #1196
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This from the News & Star,--


Taking a bird’s eye view of town’s unique new homes


Work is now well under way to bring a unique set of homes to Egremont.

Royal Drive is set to consist of 26 innovative modular houses, the first of their kind to be built in the region.

Work began at the end of last month, with each home being delivered and installed in the space of 24 hours.

And a local drone enthusiast, David Downton, has managed to capture some images of the work on Royal Drive.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...que-new-homes/
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This from the News & Star,---


'Over-development' concerns raised after Gleeson submit plans to build 86 homes in Carlisle


PLANS have been lodged for another major housing development in the north of Carlisle.

And proposals tabled this week for an 86-home estate at Deer Park, Belah, have already raised concerns amid fears of over-development in the area.

Ward councillor Gareth Ellis, who is also the city council’s deputy leader, has also raised numerous fears about the loss of another of the city’s attractive green spaces to urban sprawl.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...omes-carlisle/
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This from the News & Star,--


Work starts on service station


WORK has began on a controversial service station for West Cumbria which is set to bring 75 jobs to the area.

Dump trucks and workers have moved onto the site of the former Woodlands Residential Care Home at Distington.

The build will see a Euro Garages service station with a drive-through cafe, restaurant and filling station.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...rvice-station/
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Central Plaza Hotel

Another update from Carlisle City Council, dated 10th December.

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The high reach demolition excavator has now arrived. Once safely in place, further demolition work will get underway.

This stage of demolition will take several weeks and is weather dependent.

It is estimated that around 8,000 tonnes of rubble will be removed from the site, resulting in excess of 450 trips by HGVs to remove the rubble. This will then be taken to a registered recycling centre. Attempts to salvage the ornate carvings from the side of the building will also be made.

The work be completed as quickly and safely as possible. Contractors will continue to work over the Christmas period, except for Bank Holidays.
https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and...plaza-update-3


No real change can be seen from the front of the building due to the mass of scaffolding in place. I must have a wander around town to see if there are other vantage points where the work can be seen.
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Whitehaven's new multi-million pound academy plans move step closer to reality


Whitehaven’s new multi-million pound academy is a step closer to reality after Copeland officers have recommended its approval.

The council’s planning panel will debate demolishing the old Whitehaven Academy and building a brand new one on the site.

The new school would meet the needs of 900 students, almost double the present role.

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