Have your say on future development…
The three parish councils of Bamburgh, Beadnell and N Sunderland are co-operating to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the area: the project will be launched at the Seahouses Sports and Community Centre on 21 January 2014 at (6pm).
A Neighbourhood Plan allows communities to set planning policies which then become part of the official planning framework and decisions on planning applications will be required to be made in accordance with it.
This area has faced significant development pressure in the past and will continue to do so in the future. It’s an area where people want to come to visit and to live. Development isn’t a bad thing: people need houses – especially houses they can afford to live in. Businesses need people. We all need visitors. But the mix, the style, the location, the constraints are things that should be set locally. Hence a Neighbourhood Plan.
It will be developed by you, the members of the three parishes – people who live here, work here, go to school here, shop here or have social connections. You know the community best and can help in identifying sites which would be suitable for housing, business or other forms of community-related development which will shape the long term future.
- Define where new homes and commercial units should be built
- Outline what those new buildings should look like
- Establish planning policies for the development and use of land, the use of housing units and the mix of affordable units.
These statements and policies will be drawn together into a neighbourhood plan which will, after being checked and confirmed in a local referendum, become a legal document that as stated above is part of the planning framework.
The plan needs your involvement. There’s a web site setting out more detail of the thinking so far: www.coastalnplan.blogspot.com .
Please come to the launch event.
Did Bamburgh shipwreck inspire first coastguards?
Recent survey work of a partially exposed shipwreck on Bamburgh beach has proved the wreck to be older than originally thought. The dendrochronology survey yielded a terminus post quem date of 1768 – meaning that the timber in question was felled in or after 1768. The survey also established that the timber originates from the East of England making the wreck British.
The survey work was undertaken by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) with local archaeologists and volunteers and with the help of a grant from the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund.
The site lies in the intertidal zone to the south of Bamburgh Castle and is only exposed for roughly one hour either side of low-water slack. The site itself sits within its own scour which, along with the tidal conditions, means that it may never completely dry out. The wreck appears to contain the exposed remains of the port side of a wooden sailing vessel lying on its starboard side with its stern inshore.
The date of 1768 means the ship potentially sailed along the east coast while Dr Sharp, one of the trustees of the Crewe Trust, was in residence at the castle. Dr Sharp was so concerned for sailors in the treacherous waters around Bamburgh that in 1781 he set up what is recognised as the first coastguard system in the world. The first coastguard at Bamburgh did not only warn ships of the coastline but also provided refuge at the castle for shipwrecked sailors, stored their cargo and buried the dead.
This remarkable survival on the beach at Bamburgh is not only extremely rare in terms of the extent of the survival but also because it could provide a direct link to the work of the Dr Sharp. Further research of historical maritime documents might eventually reveal the identity of the ship.
Full report and more information available on the MAST website – www.thisismast.org
2013 Awards for Excellence
Congratulations to the Wydenwell winners of one of the 2013 Awards for Excellence.
The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Awards for Excellence. Through the awards the Partnership seeks to acknowledge, promote and celebrate excellence in the care, management and development of our coast and countryside.
This year's entries came from a wide range of ventures and individuals and the Partnership would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who entered for their continued efforts to keep the AONB special. There are three categories: 'Built Environment, 'Farming and Land Management' and 'Sustainable Tourism'.
Joint winners in the Built Environment category are The Wydenwell, Bamburgh and 2-4 Queen Street, Amble. Both are excellent shop refurbishments and show how careful restoration and attention to historic detail not only ensures the future of the building but also enhances the whole street scene.
Farming and Land Management winners are Karen and Tom Burn at Hunting Hall, Lowick for their sensitive and holistic approach to land management.
The North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) has been awarded the Sustainable Tourism winner for their 'Northumberland Encouraging Sustainable Tourism' – NEST initiative which brings together and supports 62 Northumberland members to develop sustainable ways of working.
Peregrini Lindisfarne Press Release
Peregrini Lindisfarne project took another giant step forward today, with the announcement of a confirmed grant of £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership Scheme*. Dick Patterson of the Peregrini Lindisfarne board said "We are absolutely delighted that HLF have recognised the excellent work that the board and the wider community have put into this project over the last two years and we are very close to achieving our goal".
Work continues to secure the match funding that will enable HLF to release the £1.8 million, which will fund a wide variety of conservation and engagement projects on Holy Island and the adjacent mainland. The Peregrini board are anticipating this will be achieved in the coming months, with the Peregrini Lindisfarne project starting in earnest early in 2014.
The Peregrini Lindisfarne project aims to protect and enhance the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and surrounding areas by reconnecting the community’s relationship with the land and seascapes, heritage and history, making the area a better place to work, live and visit.
The cultural and natural heritage of the area is very significant to the local communities who live, work and enjoys this part of Northumberland. Holy Island is known as the Cradle of Christianity with connections to St Aidan, St Cuthbert and the associated monasteries, cells and hermitages; the island’s association with The Golden Age of Northumbria; and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The landscape is rich in biodiversity, including very rare plant species such as the delicate and unique Lindisfarne helleborine, rich wildlife habitats (particularly for migratory and breeding birds) and high geological interest.
The Peregrini Landscape Partnership Board includes representatives of the Holy Island Community (Parish Council, Development Trust and churches), Belford and Lowick Parish Councils as well as Partners representing the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Natural England, Northumberland County Council, English Heritage and the National Trust.
The Board acting chair, Dr Chris Burgess, said ‘This success is a testament to the resilience of the Partnership the board represents. The project will be good for Holy Island and the surrounding shore side areas as well as much of the wider community of Northumberland. While there is much work still to be done to ensure all the necessary match funding is in place, we have taken a big step with the support of HLF today and look forward to successfully completing the funding package and moving on to deliver the benefits of the project for the communities involved and the important landscape of Holy island and its adjacent shore’.
Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said:
“The Island of Lindisfarne is a real haven for local wildlife and an important part of the North East’s natural heritage. To look after fantastic landscapes like Lindisfarne, we at HLF believe the way forward is to put local communities in the driving seat so they can take care of the places that are the backdrop to their daily lives. Today’s funding will make a significant contribution to this exciting project and help forge great, local partnerships that will last long into the future.”
(photo credit – Gavin Duthie).
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