7 October 2016
A Grade II listed building in Cumbria, formerly home to the family of Mutiny on the Bounty’s Fletcher Christian, has been saved from dereliction, following multi-disciplinary work from WYG. Ewanrigg Hall will form the heart of a new community to provide a further 124 new homes on surrounding land.
WYG secured planning permission for the hybrid application despite the site’s location outside Maryport’s development boundary. The local authority also has a five-year housing land supply.
The application received unanimous resolution to grant planning permission in May, subject to the signing of the s106 agreement, as well as resolution to grant listed building consent, subject to approval from the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State subsequently decided not to call-in the application, and the s106 agreement has now been signed.
WYG provided town planning, architecture, masterplanning, transport and project management services. The innovative design and the overall development will secure a long-term and viable use for the building which has been vacant for over four years.
The surviving elements of Ewanrigg Hall are a fragment of the substantial house that existed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The team’s designs successfully incorporate the Grade II listed building into the wider scheme. At the same time, the designs preserve and enhance the most significant elements of the building.
The historic facade will be kept to form an enclosure to the private gardens behind. A new build element is to be introduced in the footprint of the former east wing to create a balanced appearance.
Kevin Thompson, the client and landowner, said: “I am delighted that not only will the building be restored and improved but also that the development will provide an exciting new community on the edge of Maryport.”
Catherine Johns, Associate at WYG, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been involved in both rescuing this fascinating building and creating much needed new homes for the area.”