Planning Information

The local park is on track for a major transformation, after receiving a £869,000 National Lottery grant to back exciting regeneration plans. The funding has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under their Parks for People programme, with additional funding from Biffaward to promote the park’s biodiversity. The joint investment will help to make the park fit for the 21st century.

Click here to view a plan of the park.

Steering Group

The steering group, made up of representatives from the Friends of Chance’s Park, Morton Community Centre and Carlisle City Council, will use the funding to progress the £1.18million scheme and will make the park more accessible for visitors, opening up new views and improving path-ways. After a period of several years during which extensive research took place covering the Ecological, Historical, Cultural, and Arboricultural History of the park, a plan was developed by locally based Architects Johnston and Wright assisted by Garden and Landscape Design (David Redmore) as the Landscape Architects. The City Council agreed a £40,000 contribution to the scheme. In addition to the main funders, generous support has also been received from Cumbria Wildlife Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation, Morton Neighborhood Forum and the County Council’s Carlisle Local Area Committee.

The contract itself will commence on the 1st September although the contractor, R H Irving, has been appointed the main contractors for the work and the work will be project managed by Carlisle City Council’s Facilities team. Weather permitting, it is anticipated the majority of the works will be completed by Xmas with remaining soft landscaping taking place in spring 2010, with official completion in March. (Regular monthly reports will be posted on website)

Sod Cutting

Sisters Ruth and Mary Chance cut the first sods to mark the start of a £1.18million restoration of the historic local park, gifted to the city by their father, a former Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Robert Chance, in 1944. Carlisle’s prominent Chance family gave Chance’s Park to the city in 1944, but the landscaped gardens and parkland around the Morton Manor date back to the early 1800s. The parkland forms the grounds to the Grade II listed Morton Manor House and a number of features from the original layout remain including the ha-ha and many veteran trees.

From this map you will be able to veiw the improvements to the Park which include the following works.

  • Restoration of the Georgian Ha-Ha
  • A new path to link Langrigg House through to Morton Community Centre
  • All existing paths to be widened and improved
  • A new lighting system to be installed along major paths
  • New seating and bins to be installed along paths
  • Entrances on Wigton Road and Dunmail Drive to be improved with new gates built to a traditional pattern
  • Arboricultural works to the existing mature trees
  • Thinning of the now very overcrowded treeplanting to achieve clear views to and from Morton Community Centre
  • Forming of Georgian Roundels with the remaining trees from this thinning
  • Planting of an avenue of Handkerchief Trees along the main footpath to be underplanted with a hundred thousand bulbs
  • Eleven thousand bulbs planted by local nursery school children and volunteers
  • Planting of groups of trees in a typical Georgian style
  • Meadow areas to be developed close to Marton Community Centre to allow the re-establishment of the Classical old Meadow vegetation
  • The creation of a new community garden based on historical drawings close to the community centre
  • Bat and Bird boxes installed by local children
  • A performance area to be formed for plays, music ……
  • An events area to be formed within the immediate grounds of the community centre
  • Information boards to be installed illustrating the birds, the Ridge and Furrow, a site plan with topical notation, and the trees
  • Leaflets have been produced covering the history, the trees, and the birds of Chances Park
  • Along with this work, a ten year management plan has been produced and funding procured to ensure that the work commencing now will continue to develop producing an outstanding Park for the City of Carlisle and the local community both now and into the future.