Mar 192012
 
Project Land Reclamation Strategy Soft End Uses in Cumbria
Partner CumbriaCounty Council     
Lifetime 2003 –2010
Funding NWDA / public £14.6m
Year 1

This was the first phase of Cumbria County Council’s five year strategy to reclaim 375 ha of brownfield land for soft end uses. The objective was to specifically targets projects identified by partners that were critical to delivery of the URC Business Plan, particularly in Barrow, Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. 

Year 2

The second phase of Cumbria County Council’s five year strategy to reclaim 375 ha of brownfield land for soft end uses. The objective was to specifically targets projects identified by partners that were critical to delivery of the URC Business Plan, particularly in Barrow, Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. 

Year 3

The third phase of Cumbria County Council’s five year strategy to reclaim 375 ha of brownfield land for soft end uses. The objective was to specifically targets projects identified by partners that were critical to delivery of the URC Business Plan, particularly in Barrow, Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. 

Key achievements are as detailed below:

Outputs South Walney Nature Reserve – 36 hectares.  Formerly used for gravel extraction, access was improved to this facility, including an innovative solution for those with mobility difficulties

Barrow Woodlands – 18 hectares.  Access improvements have opened up a substantial area of land for recreational use

Cavendish Dock Nature Reserve – 7 hectares.  Access and environmental improvements to this unique warm water lagoon

Maryport Gateway – 6 hectares.  Access improvements to enhance the visitor experience

Workington to Maryport Cycleway – 5 hectares, 4km cycleway.  Key strategic commuter and recreational link created

Mill Lane, Walney – 1.5 hectares.  Derelict former MOD site transformed into a sports pitch multi games area and play park

MaryportCoastalPark– 36 hectares.  Provided public open space to the south of the harbour, 2.4km of cycleway and increased access

KingmoorPark,Carlisle– 28 hectares.  3.6km of footpaths created to provide a healthy alternative route to work

Engine Lonning – 10 hectares.  Footpaths and planting to permit safe access to this amenity

Maryport Promenade – 17 hectares.  Site works to improve access and views plus installation of seating and picnic benches

Derwent Corridor, Workington – 14 hectares.  Installation of cycleways and safety measures including lighting and signage.  Benches installed

PetterilValley,Carlisle– 11 hectares.  Installation of cycleways and establishment of wild flower meadows

Lessons learned To maintain forecast expenditure and outputs across a wide ranging programme there is a need to maintain a degree of flexibility to allow projects that cannot be progressed for one reason or another to be replaced with other projects that meet the overall programme objectives.

Consultation with stakeholders and the local community is vital to producing a scheme that meets expectations and which will be valued in the future.

Future outlook Sites remediated will be maintained by Cumbria County Council or their partners for a minimum of 15 years.
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