Stanage North Lees Estate consultation

 
Stange North Lees is a 542 hectare estate in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park (PDNP) and owned by the Peak District National Park Authority. 

The Authority is re-thinking how the estate is managed so that we:
  • continue to care for the Estate and promote understanding in a sustainable way which respects and enhances  wildlife, heritage and landscape
  • use the Estate’s assets to best economic effect
and would like your opinion on how best to do this.

The consultation is open to anybody and anonymous.   It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Before starting the survey, please read the background information at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/northleesconsultation

Responses will be published and used by Authority members to inform their decision-making.

1. With regard to the Estate as a whole, and the aims that we have for the Estate, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
The Authority can best achieve these aims by managing the Estate itself.
Buildings and facilities at the estate will be used to best economic effect if they are leased to private tenants.
The Authority should reduce the financial liability of the Estate’s buildings.
 

2. With regard to North Lees Hall, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
The Hall would be more attractive as a holiday let if people knew that any profit went to the National Park Authority and was used for looking after the Estate.
The Hall is more suited to ‘Bed & Breakfast’ type accommodation than ‘holiday cottage’ type accommodation.
The Hall is an appropriate place for a café.
The Hall is most suitable as a private residence.
The Hall is most suitable as holiday accommodation.
The Hall should be open to the public
 

3. With regard to the Campsite, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
The Campsite should be leased to a private operator.
The Campsite should have high quality facilities and be promoted more widely.
 

4. With regard to Cattiside Cottage, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
It should be sold on the open market as a private dwelling
It should be refurbished and used as a holiday let
It should be refurbished and leased as a private dwelling
It should be leased to a housing association as a local needs dwelling
 

5. With regard to the Cruck Barn, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
It should be converted to residential accommodation
It should be converted to accessible holiday cottages
It should be leased long-term to a private individual who would be allowed to convert it to residential accommodation
Although it is unsuitable for modern farm machinery, it should still be kept as a barn
 

6. What other uses do you think might be suitable for the Cruck Barn, bearing in mind the very limited car parking?

 

7. With regard to the Car Parks, to what extent do you agree with the following statement, bearing in mind that current car park income is a vital part of the Estate’s annual budget?
 

AgreeAgree somewhatNeither agree nor disagreeDisagree somewhatDisagree
It is fair to expect a charge to be made for car parking, and this should be consistent across all the estate car parks.
 

8. What is your vision for the Estate?

 

9. What in your view is the distinctive character and role of the Estate?

 

10. What do you currently value about the Estate that you would like to see retained?

 

11. What would you like to change or improve?

 

12. Thinking of each of the 3 options as a whole, which one do you feel is the best way to achieve both of these 2 aims:
  • To use the Estate’s assets to best economic effect
  • To care for the Estate and promote understanding in a sustainable way which respects and enhances wildlife, heritage and landscape for everyone, forever

Option 1 - Investment

  • Refurbish North Lees Hall for holiday accommodation
  • Refurbish Cattiside Cottage for use as either holiday or residential accommodation
  • upgrade Campsite washrooms & more marketing
  • Convert Cruck Barn to either accessible holiday cottages or residential accommodation
  • Use Ranger Briefing Centre for interpretation about the estate and as a meeting point
  • Charging at all estate car parks

Option 2 - Arm’s-length management

  • Let North Lees Hall to private tenant
  • Let Cattiside Cottage to a Housing Association
  • Let Campsite to private operator
  • Let Cruck Barn on a long-term residential improvement lease
  • Undertake essential maintenance only at Ranger Briefing Centre
  • Charging at all estate car parks

Option 3 - Reduce liabilities

  • Let North Lees Hall to private tenant
  • Sell Cattiside Cottage
  • Let Campsite to private operator
  • Undertake essential maintenance only at Cruck Barn and  Ranger Briefing Centre
  • Mix of charged and free car parks
 

About you

Please tell us a bit about yourself. Answering these questions will help us to make sure our survey is reaching everyone that cares about the Estate.

13. What is your postcode?

 

14. How often do you visit the Estate? (Tick which best describes your visits)

 

15. What activities do you do when you visit the Estate? (Tick all that apply)

 
End of Consultation

Thank you for your comments.  Please check your responses and click the Submit consultation response button below to submit the form.

Responses will be published and used by Authority members to inform their decision-making.

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