Port Sunlight Makes
History by Adopting a Local Listed Building Consent Order
Photographs with thanks to Paul
Thompson and Port Sunlight Museum
ON Thursday, 26 November 2015, Wirral Council's
Planning Committee voted unanimously to adopt the Port Sunlight Local Listed
Building Consent Order (LLBCO), which grants 'blanket' consent
for certain alterations to the backs of the listed houses in the
Conservation Area. The Port Sunlight LLBCO is only the second large scale
initiative of its kind nation wide, with the 1st adopted in the Little
Germany area of Bradford last year.
Owning 1 of the listed houses in Port Sunlight can be daunting. Port
Sunlight Village Trust (Trust) has worked in partnership with Wirral Council
and local residents to develop the LLBCO with the goal of making home
ownership a bit easier by simplifying and fast tracking consent for the most
common alterations to the houses.
The alterations included in the LLBCO would normally require full Listed
Building Consent from Wirral Council and permission from the Trust. Applying
for full Listed Building Consent can be a fairly long and uncertain process.
Under the LLBCO, permitted works are fully described; taking uncertainty out
of the process, and the local planning authority only has 28 calendar days
to accept a LLBCO Notice of work.
Paul Harris, CEO for Port Sunlight Village Trust said:-
"The LLBCO was truly a collaborative effort and demonstrates what
communities can accomplish when working in partnership with local
government. Given the interest we have seen to date, the LLBCO will empower
property owners in Port Sunlight to effectively address heritage enforcement
issues and better understand the consent process for necessary works to
improve these irreplaceable heritage sites, which also happen to be homes
for a 21st century community."
Recognising both the historic significance of Port Sunlight and the need to
support private owners, the effort has also received funding from Historic
The Trust will hold education and engagement sessions in the new year to
publicise the benefits of regular maintenance and to promote the LLBCO to
residents, heritage tradespeople, estate agents and conveyancing solicitors.
Central government included LLBCO's in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Act 2013 to encourage local planning authorities to better manage heritage
sites at a local level, to reduce capacity strain on already stretched local
planning authorities and to encourage appropriate improvements to listed
Cllr Pat Hackett, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Economy, said:-
"This decision will make it much easier for residents living in the
Conservation Area of Port Sunlight to make minor alterations to their
properties without having to go through the complete planning process. We
are delighted to support the Trust in granting this local consent order."
With over 900 Grade 2 Listed houses, Port Sunlight has a high concentration
of listed sites in private, independent ownership. Typical deteriorated
conditions, repetitive listed building consent applications and common
heritage enforcement issues (works done without consent) made the village an
ideal test case for the newly enacted LLBCO.
The Port Sunlight LLBCO includes installation of satellite dishes in
appropriate locations and replacement of severely deteriorated or
inappropriate rear doors, rear windows and yard gates. The LLBCO specifies
the rear window, rear door and yard gates approved under the LLBCO. If
residents prefer to install something other than what is specified in the
LLBCO, then they will have to apply for full Listed Building Consent.
Radio Southport is On
A new local community radio station was launched on
Saturday, 7 November 2015 for a 1 month broadcasting test, on 87.7FM, a
frequency approved by Ofcom. Broadcasting from the Wayfarers Arcade, they
cover all things Southport, in the run up to Christmas. "Sandgrounder
is a brand new and exciting radio station for Southport. It's to give the
people of the area a voice and we hope, will help promote local groups and
activities in the run up to Christmas." said Neil Newton. Neil
invited us over to see what was going on, on one of his Breakfast Shows and
we found Jonathan Cunningham MBE, from Birkdale based STORM Consultancy
explaining about his latest idea. We found out that on New Year's Day, his
staff and his family are holding a very unusual event, based on the XtremeSTORM idea called:- 'The
It will see brave families swimming in the Marine Lake and also burning off
the Christmas excesses, with a run or walking on a short course. The event
aims to recognise one of Southport's greatest benefactors, John Fernley, who
built schools, colleges, observatories and gifted the Southport lifeboats.
The Eliza Fernley was the doomed Southport Lifeboat that was sadly lost.
That was, and is, still the world's worst ever Lifeboat disaster. We also
met up with Debi Jones who then took over from Neil for the lunchtime slot.
This was an extremely interesting experience and lot of interesting bits of
information are being put out, between the music tracks. So do tune in...
The last day of the stations Broadcasting is 4 December 2015.... But they
hope to then return to the airwaves very soon!
CCTV image issued after
a bike was taken from Lime Street Station
THE British Transport Police have asked the public for
help tracking down a man they think can help them with their enquiries. The
blue Strava highbred bike was taken at around 11.30pm on Saturday, 7
November 2015, from Liverpool Lime Street Station. Officers believe the man
in the image could have vital information about the incident, do you know
who is he? If you know them, or have any information about the incident,
please give us a call on:- 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on:- 0800 555 111. Investigating officer PC Ian Williamson said:- "The
bike, which is worth around £335, had been left in the bike racks on the Skelhorne
Street side of the station. A man approached the bike with bolt cutters and
used these to break the lock before cycling off on the stolen bike. Thieves
should be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV, so it's only a
matter of time before we track them down. We are also working closely with
cycle and second hand shops, monitoring online auction sites and advertising
sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property."