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Draft Conservation Area Design Guide launched today

[A] NEW draft Conservation Area Design Guide has launched today (Monday) and Copeland Borough Council would like to hear what you think.

The guide has been produced to help enhance and maintain the rich heritage of the borough’s conservation areas of Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Egremont and Millom, the villages of Beckermet and St Bees and the areas of Hensingham and Corckicle, both in Whitehaven.

The document focuses on maintaining the architectural heritage of the area including advice on everything from the restoration and maintenance of period features to external signage and paint colours.

When adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document, the guide will help the council when considering planning applications and will help developers and property owners to consider the possible impact of their proposals on a conservation area’s character.

Councillor Michael McVeigh, Heritage Champion at Copeland Borough Council, said: “Copeland has a rich architectural legacy that we should be so proud of.

“We have many traditional buildings and street patterns that contribute to the unique character of the borough’s landscape.

“The centres of those towns and villages that have significant architectural and historic value

have been designated as conservation areas, giving these special places the additional protection they need and deserve.

“Copeland Borough Council has commissioned this Conservation Area Design Guide to help property owners, designers and builders understand the value of the heritage within our conservation areas, and to ensure that repairs, reinstatements and alterations are undertaken in a way that preserves these important assets.

“As Heritage Champion, I fully endorse the design principles and guidance that this document sets out. We need to ensure our heritage is enhanced and protected for the benefit of our residents and visitors, and for current and future generations to enjoy.”

The document, along with feedback forms, are available on the council’s website until the consultation closes on Friday, August 18.

A hard copy of the document can also be found at the Council’s Market Hall office in Whitehaven and Millom office, in addition to the following local libraries; Cleator Moor, Distington, Egremont, Frizington, Gosforth, Hensingham, Kells, Millom, Mirehouse, Seascale and Whitehaven.

Members of the public will have the chance to feedback directly to Copeland Council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer, who will be attending town and parish council meetings in July across the borough, in addition to the following drop-in sessions for local businesses and residents:

Wednesday, July 12, 1pm – 2.30pm at Cleator Moor Town Council Chamber, Market Square
Monday, July 17, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St Bees Village Hall, Finkle Street
Tuesday, July 18, 4.30pm – 5.30pm at Market Hall, Market Street, Egremont
Wednesday, July 19, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at Reading Room, Sellafield Road, Beckermet
Wednesday, July 26, 6pm – 7pm at Pensioners Hall, Mainsgate Road, Millom
Wednesday, July 26, 1.30pm – 3pm at Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven

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