Moss Naylor Young are project mentors for the Heritage Lottery Fund, and are currently overseeing the renaissance of the Cotswold Canals in Stroud, a project being managed by Stroud District Council. Moss Naylor Young also mentored the successful restoration of the Droitwich Canals and advised on the partial restoration of the Itchen Navigation.
The Cotswold Canals project requires Moss Naylor Young to oversee the technical aspects of the restoration and ensure that they comply with the approved purposes, that work is compatible with heritage objectives and that due process is followed. The work has include advising on structures and operational equipment and has led to a bespoke design of paddle gear on the locks that reflects the historic design used during the canals working life. The five miles and six locks within the scheme are part of a wider canal restoration scheme and contribute to the regeneration of the Stroud Valleys.
The Droitwich Canals form part of a 22 mile cruising ring based around Worcester, the reopening of which has brought significant economic benefits to Droitwich as a result of tourism. MNY’s role was to oversee all technical and financial aspects of this restoration and we were proud to be present at the opening ceremony.
The Itchen Navigation is isolated from the main network and is not proposed to be reopened for navigation – rather the restoration before HLF was for wildlife and informal leisure including walking and canoeing. Patrick Moss provided a technical overview of the proposals from a heritage perspective and commented on the proposed methods of implementation.
The Flax Mill in Ditherington is the world’s oldest iron framed building, dating back to the late 18th Century. The mill has lain derelict for a number of years and the present owners are seeking a heritage sensitive regeneration and development of the building with associated development of the surroundings to assist in funding the main works. Moss Naylor Young are part of a team advising on this redevelopment, including advice on the site (which was once canal side) and on travel to and from the site.
Under the Localism Bill parish councils can promote their own development aspirations with Design Statements and more recently Neighbourhood Plans. Design Statements are easier to prepare although they carry less weight: the parish of Chilcompton had undertaken the basic background work for their Village Design Statement but were struggling to get the document to a stage where it could become supplementary planning guidance and thus sought assistance from Moss Naylor Young. We took the information gathered and developed the statement in accordance with the requirements for such documents whilst maintaining the integrity of the parish council’s aspirations for the document. In this way Moss Naylor Young added the resource the council needed whilst maintaining parish ownership of the document and minimising the fees incurred. This approach is common to the Moss Naylor Young ethos of helping community groups.
Client: Castlefield Area Regeneration Partnership
Patrick Moss was asked to give advice to a community groups in Calne, Wiltshire. The group were seeking to integrate the ruins of Calne Town Lock into Castlefield Park in a way that was both heritage authentic and did not create difficulties for future full restoration should this ever be an option. The advice included advice on fill that would protect the lock structure, landscape and play equipment that would accurately mimic the original furniture for the lock, and safety fencing that would not detract from the appearance.