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Last chance to comment on conservation area plans

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TIME is running out for residents to comment on a number of Copeland's conservation areas.

Copeland Council is assessing some of its conservation areas in preparation for major investment on the borough - and wants to hear from the public.

Because the planned new nuclear power station at Moorside could bring associated developments close to the conservation areas of Beckermet, Corkickle  and the southern part of Whitehaven town centre, the Council is creating draft 'character appraisals' that people can read and suggest additions to.

When complete these appraisals will:

* help the council when it is considering planning applications
* inform developers about the possible impact of their proposals on a conservation area’s character
* help residents to comment on planning applications in conservation areas.

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: "Each of Copeland's conservation areas is unique, with its own distinctive character and pattern of development. They are a big part of what makes our borough so beautiful to live and work in.

"Conservation areas however need to be actively managed to keep their flexibility, without losing their special qualities. These appraisals will be key to this and that's why we really want the public to contribute to them."

A character appraisal evaluates the key attributes that contribute to the special architectural and historic interest of an area. It is also an opportunity reassess the current conservation area boundaries to make sure they accurately reflect what is of special interest.

The public can read the three draft character appraisals on the Council's website at, where there will also be a feedback form for comment.

Copies of the appraisals and feedback forms will be available at the council's Market Hall office in Whitehaven, Whitehaven Library and Beckermet’s Reading Rooms.

Forms should be returned to the council by July 31.