Venue: The Wave, Maryport
Contact: Paula McKenzie 01900 702557Items No. Item
The following Councillors were present at the site inspection, Westnewton Conservation Area.
B Bacon, P Bales, I Francis, T Heslop, I Humes, J Hunter, P Kendall, A Smith, A Tinnion, A Tyson and M Wood.
Declaration of Interest
Councillors/Staff to give notice of any personal or prejudicial interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.
To answer questions from members of the public – 2 days notice of which must have been given in writing or by electronic mail.
To approve for consultaiton purposes
Westnewton's Conservation Area Character Appraisal
The Planning Policy Manager submitted a report which sought approval for consultation on the Westnewton Conservation Area Character Appraisal.
The purpose of the Appraisal was to define the special historic and architectural interest of Westnewton, to identify where it was vulnerable to loss or erosion, and to suggest improvements. It has been researched and written by a consultant on behalf of the Council. The Council has a duty to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area through its planning and other roles.
Resolved – That Westnewton’s Conservation Area Character Appraisal be approved for consultation purposes.
To submit comments on the Draft AONB
The Planning Policy Manager submitted a report which sought approval for the comments on the draft management plan to be approved for recommendation to Executive and Full Council.
The existing adopted Solway Coast AONB Management Plan 2004-09 was being reviewed. The Draft Management Plan 2009-14 had been published for comment. Allerdale Borough Council had the Statutory responsibility, (along with Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council) to prepare a Management Plan for the Solway Coast AONB. The Council performed this responsibility via the AONB Staff Unit at Silloth for which Allerdale was the host authority.
The Panel endorsed the proposed comments with the following additions;
Qn.1; Support for the principle of “Quiet Lanes”.
Qn.3; Forces for Change could mention potential detrimental impact if Environment Agency withdraws funding for land drainage pumps within the AONB
Qn.7; Whilst the increasing size of vehicles using country roads is having an impact, any restrictions imposed could increase costs to local businesses. Local businesses should be supported.
Qn.9; The “Right to Roam” could be a force for change in that it relates to Common Land. Extensive areas of saltmarsh in the AONB are Common Land.”
Resolved – That Executive and Full Council endorse the proposed comments with the Panels additions.
Local Development Scheme/LDF progress
The Planning Policy Manager gave members a brief update on the Local Development Framework (LDF) preparation, he explained that things were running behind schedule.
The Planning Policy Manager informed members that a full day workshop was being arranged but the date had yet to be confirmed.
Agreed: That the update be noted.