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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Plans to turn derelict Cumbrian landmark into 140 homes

Plans to build a 140-home development and restore a crumbling Maryport landmark at the same time have moved a step closer.

Ewanrigg Hall photo
Ewanrigg Hall

Flimby-based Thompson Plant Hire revealed its intention for the scheme at Ewanrigg Hall earlier this year, saying the revenue from the sale of the new houses on the land would be used to restore the old hall to some of its former glory.

Now, initial plans have been lodged with Allerdale Council and the News & Star can disclose that the company wants to build up to 140 homes.

Allerdale council has confirmed that an environmental impact assessment is not required to support a future planning application.

Catherine Jones, principal planner for WYG planning and environment, said in a screening opinion request: “We are proposing to submit a hybrid planning application for residential development. Outline planning consent will be sought for development of a maximum of 140 dwellings.

“Full planning and listed building consent will be sought for the conversion and partial demolition of the Grade II listed Ewanrigg Hall to bring the building back into residential use.”

Ewanrigg Hall is a former 18th-century mansion, now reduced to provide a substantial six-bedroom farmhouse and buildings. It was the home of the Christian family, whose best-known member was Fletcher Christian, who led a mutiny on the ship The Bounty. It has also been suggested that it was the inspiration for the mansion which features in the Wilkie Collins novel, The Woman in White.

Kevin Thompson, of Broughton Moor, whose company is behind the proposed development, said: “We are looking to put houses on the farm land, but they need to be sympathetic.

“The revenue from these will be used to restore the hall. There is a lot of history there to preserve.”

Mr Thompson, who owns Woodside Farm near Ewanrigg Hall, said earlier this year that the site was being hampered by vandalism.

“The fire service have been called out three times for fires in the building,” he said. “The windows have been smashed. We board them up and they are smashed again.

“The area is being used by fly tippers and all the copper pipes have gone from the house.”

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