Heritage Statement

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This statement has been prepared as part of the current proposals to achieve support from the Heritage Lottery for the restoration of Fairhaven Lake and its Gardens.

It has also been prepared in the context of an application to Historic England to achieve formal recognition of the site through the inclusion of Fairhaven on the National Register of Parks and Gardens. It therefore seeks to demonstrate the historical significance of Fairhaven Lake.

Heritage Statement Final

The statement outlines key themes to draw out its significance, which are as follows:

  • Section 2 - The Development of Fairhaven as a Coastal Resort

  • Section 3 - The development of Fairhaven Lake: Phase 1

  • Section 4 - The creation of Lytham St. Anne’s

  • Section 5 - The Introduction of TH Mawson and Sons 

  • Section 6 - Fairhaven in the Contemporary Context 

  • Section 7 - The Approach to Restoration 

  • Section 8 - The Risks to Heritage 

  • Section 9 – Conclusions 

  • Appendices – Separate Document

The restoration of Fairhaven Lake and Gardens and the replacement sea defences at Fairhaven Lake and Church Scar is one of the largest infrastructure projects that the Council will ever deliver. The projects are inextricably linked as the replacement sea defence forms the outer perimeter of Fairhaven Lake.

The sea defence scheme, of course, must complement the restoration of the lake and gardens – so a project team was formed from the council’s Technical Services, Regeneration, Parks and Leisure teams.

The Council is applying for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People initiative. We have submitted a first round application for money so we can work on detailed proposals. Those proposals will then form the basis, within 24 months, of a second, larger funding bid.

There are two bidding rounds per year: 31 August for a December decision; or 28 February for a decision in June.


Problems at the site include:

• Poor condition of sea defences;
• Historic buildings/structures and landscapes require restoration to support community activities;
• A build-up of silt on the lake bottom;
• Deterioration of the lake edge;
• Lack of facilities, such as play facilities, for young people;
• Sports facilities require upgrading. The lake has a poor boating offer;
• A poor visitor experience and a lack of events;
• Lack of a co-ordinated approach amongst user groups and organisations.
We aim to address these issues with help from partners, such as the Environment Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council, Sports Council, Lancashire Sport and the Economic Development Company for the Fylde Coast.

Community groups, users and partner organisations have been consulted about the draft restoration masterplan that the project team produced.

The consultation has led to production of a final restoration master plan (attached) which
identifies the Heritage Lottery project priorities.

Community support and involvement has been exceptional. Hundreds of residents have attended consultation events, exhibitions and feedback sessions. The Lytham St Annes Express, the local newspaper, has supported the project and encouraged its readers to become involved. In total, residents have registered over 10,000 messages of support.

The improvement proposals will incorporate historical features as well as improvements for the future – to generate continuing public support.

A Jewel in Fylde’s Crown

Famous park designer Thomas H Mawson and Sons laid out the 10-hectare marine leisure lake and historic gardens, featuring a traditional lake side café and a wide range of sport and recreational facilities.

The site plays host to the RSPB Discovery Centre on the gateway to the Ribble Estuary, one of the most important sites for birdlife in Europe and a designated Ramsar site.

Proposals include restoration of the café, the oldest and most historically significant building on site, together with the creation of an interpretation hub, new classroom facilities, improved sailing and sports facilities, improvements to the lake and the restoration of the historic landscape, including the nationally significant Japanese Garden.

First-Round Application

The first-round application is the Development Phase which will see the outline priorities (above) developed to a detailed design stage. The first-round application requires detailed design of plans and an activity plan, a business plan, a 10-year management and maintenance plan and conservation statement are also needed.

Merger of the Heritage Lottery fund and the Big Lottery Fund has led to considerable emphasis being placed on community involvement; it will be essential to engage a Community Development Officer
during the development phase to work with the community to increase usage through
volunteering and increased activities and events.

The total cost for the first-round application is £236,834. Of this, the Council will be expected to make a £20,000 capital contribution: the money is in the Council’s 2015/16 capital programme.

Total project cost including the development phase is £3,046,858 which includes capital works, activity costs, additional staffing, volunteer time and a 10% contingency and five years’ inflation allowance.

The project is at a very early stage and project costs will need to be further developed during the development stage of the project.

Replacement Sea Defences

The Environment Agency has recently confirmed that funding for the replacement sea defences at Church Scar and Fairhaven has been identified within its indicative programme for the North West:
• 2016/17 £3.2m;
• 2017/18 £7.3m;
• 2018/19 £5.6m.

The Council now has to complete a Project Appraisal Report (PAR) in order to unlock the funding
with a view to starting works on this project in 2016. As part of this work, the costing of shortlisted options will be carried out and evaluated against the benefits. The council has included a sum of £400k within its future capital programme to go towards the overall cost of the scheme.

Multi-Agency Support

Officers at Fylde Council are in discussion with the Arts Council, Lancashire Sport and Sport
England about funding for projects to improve the sporting and artistic offer at Fairhaven Lake and Gardens.


• February 2015: submit first-round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to
develop the project;
• June 2015: notification from Heritage Lottery Fund of outcome of first-round/development grant
• June 2015 - August 2016: round 1 development phase (if successful above). Will involve reworking the
restoration master plan, undertaking technical appraisals/surveys, making and costing detailed designs;
• August 2016: submit round 2 application to Heritage Lottery Fund;
• December 2016: Notification from Heritage Lottery Fund;
• Summer 2017: proposed start on site to tie in with replacement coastal defences (if successful, above).


The restoration master plan and supporting documents linked to this web page show
the proposals for the restoration of Fairhaven Lake and Gardens and the replacement sea
defences at Fairhaven Lake and Church Scar.

This is a multi-million pound project which needs multi-agency support for Fylde Council to deliver.

Indicative funding for the replacement sea defences has recently been announced and the project team is looking for Heritage Lottery Fund financial support through the Parks for People programme to restore the Heritage assets of Fairhaven Lake and Gardens.

The project team will explore other funding sources, like the Sports Council, to return sailing and wider boating opportunities back the lake and restore the sports facilities; the Arts Council to look at the public art opportunities on the replacement sea defences; and the Fylde Coast Economic Development Company to regenerate the public-realm elements of the project.