Lanchester Neighbourhood Plan

Lanchester Parish Council is co-ordinating the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan which will be a community-led framework for guiding future development, regeneration and conservation over future years. The plan will set out the views of the local community in terms of planning issues such as: how much and what type of new housing may be required, and whether there is a need for new shops, offices, workshops and leisure facilities etc. It can also look at things like green open spaces, play facilities, surgeries, schools and parking – as well as measures to address the heritage assets in the Parish.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a document which will guide development, regeneration and conservation within our Parish over future years. The Neighbourhood Plan will set out the views of our local community in terms of planning issues and will contain a number of planning policies for the Parish. Once adopted Durham County Council will have to consult the Neighbourhood Plan when making planning decisions in our Parish.

During January a questionnaire was distributed in the community. This questionnaire asked some general questions about your likes, dislikes, ideas and concerns about living or working in the Parish. This early community engagement aimed to identify key themes and issues that can be further investigated to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Completed questionnaires were received which represented views from 450 members of the community.

The results of the questionnaires have been analysed and a display of the results has been compiled.

The display will be placed in the following community venues in Lanchester for the community to view.

Methodist Chapel 6 – 12 June

Library 8 – 13 June

Community Centre 15 – 20 June

Social Club 15 – 21 June

Croft View Halls 22 – 28 June

In addition representatives from the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group will attend the following sessions:

Saturday 6 June – Methodist Chapel – 10am – 12noon

Saturday 20 June – Community Centre – 10am – 2pm

We hope you will be able to come along to look at the information and find out about the next stage for the plan.

If you would like further information about the Lanchester Neighbourhood Plan please contact the Parish Council on 01207 520146

New Christmas Lights

In 2013 the lights on the 7 large trees on the Village Green were replaced with new LED energy efficient lights. A grant of £18,000 was secured to enable the works to take place. The old lights were approximately 12 years old and it was necessary to replace them to continue the lovely festive display in the village. In 2014 the decision was taken to also replace the lights on the main Christmas Tree.

The light switch on took place on Saturday 29 November 2014. Several hundred people turned out to see the switch on. The event included music from Lanchester Brass Band and Lanchester Choral & Operatic Society. The children received a free gift, sweets and a drink whilst the adults enjoyed mulled wine and cakes and mince pies. The lights look fabulous and really set off the Village Green.

Fenhall Drift Lodge Banner

The banner was returned to Lanchester in 2012 under the custodianship of Lanchester Parish Council.

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The banner was made in 1960 and carries illustrations of the Parish Church on one side and a Roman figure and Miner on the other side.  Following the closure of the mine in 1963, the banner was relocated to several communities across County Durham.  The banner is owned by Durham Miners’ Association and was retuned to Lanchester in 2012 under the custodianship of Lanchester Parish Council.

Lanchester Miners’ Banner Group was formed in 2012.  They raised over £24,000 and during 2013 and 2014 delivered a comprehensive community project which has included:

necessary conservation works being undertaken on the original banner.  The original banner is now displayed in the Parish Church.
the production of a replica banner
art and dance workshops in the schools
the production of a school information pack and a community information leaflet
a large celebration event

The celebration event took place on Friday 27 June 2014.  The road was closed to traffic and the banner led by representatives from the Churches and by Lanchester Brass Band and accompanied by several hundred school children marched along Front Street to the Village Green.  On the Village Green there was a display of maypole and traditional miners’ rapper dancing. In addition music was provided by Lanchester Brass Band and St Bedes School.

Lanchester Village Green

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village green phase two - 12012 saw further improvements being made to the village green.  This formed phase two of the development following the successful introduction of the path last year.  Improvements included tree planting, tree works, planting wild flowers, hedge laying, litter bin and seat replacement and the installation of wood carvings along the route of the path.

Funding for the scheme had been secured through a Northern Gas Network grant, National tree Week grant, Lanchester Wine Cellars Ltd and Lanchester Parish Council.

A celebration event on 27 April 2012 was attended by all three local schools and members of the community.