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  • PartnershipFundProjectAppraisalForm

    Pleaseseeprojectapplicationforfulldetails.

    Projecttitle: LyntonandBarnstaplerailwayrebuildingphase2A(L&BRailwayTrust)Briefprojectoverview

    PreparationandsubmissionofpermissionsrequiredforthereconstructionofthelineincludingTransportandWorkActsOrderandPlanningPermissiontoreinstatethelinesofarasBlackmoorGatefromKillingtonLane.

    Summaryofoutputs

    Completionofandsubmissionof: TransportandWorkActsOrder plusassociateddocuments.

    Totalprojectvalue 250,000 Source(s)ofmatchfunding:Grantsought 50,000 Publicsupportersappeal,Externalfunders(tbc),inkind

    contributions.Interventionrate 20%

    EssentialCriteriaAtleastoneofthetwopurposestobemet

    H /M/L Notes

    NPpurpose1:Toconserveandenhancethenaturalbeauty,wildlifeandculturalheritage

    M TheTWAOandPlanningConsentswillseektomitigateanyadverseimpactsonthenaturalbeautyandwildfireoftheareaduringimplementationoftheextension.TherailwaycanbeconsideredtobeapartoftheNationalParksculturalheritagewhichwillbereinstatedthroughtheproject.

    NPpurpose2:Topromoteopportunitiesfortheunderstandingandenjoymentofthespecialqualities

    L Whilst theworkdirectlyproposedwithinthisapplicationwillhavealimitedcontributiontothe2ndpurpose,itisanessentialpieceofworkrequiredbeforeprogressionandimplementation.AtthisstagetherailwayhasthepotentialtooffersignificantopportunitiesforpublicunderstandingandenjoymentoftheNationalParklandscape.

    NationalParkManagementPlanobjectives

    M Theoverarchingreinstatementprojectwillcontributetoanumberofobjectivesincluding:H3developmentoftheExmooreconomy,G5maximisingtheeconomicandsocialbenefitsoftourism,andD3Minimisingthenetemissionsofgreenhousegases(assumingitisusedasanalternativetoprivatemotortransport).

    Communityinvolvement/support H Thereisageneralwidespreadcommunitysupportfortheproject,inadditiontotheactiveinvolvementof100volunteersonthepresentline.TheYourFutureExmoorconsultationsdemonstratedageneralsupportforthereopeningoftherailway,providingconsiderationwasmaderegardingtheimpactonfarmland.

    PF 11-07

  • DesirableCriteria H/M/L Notes

    Economicandcommunitybenefits M Whilsttheeconomicimpactofthisparticularpieceofworkwillbelimited,theoverallreinstatementprojecthasthepotentialtoboostvisitornumberstothearea,providesupportforlocalservicesandimpactpositivelyontheeconomyifthelinewastoberestored.TheTrustsbusinessplanestimatesanongoingdirectannualcontributionof3.7mwiththecreationof72newjobs.

    Otherfundssought/littleaccesstootherfunding

    H Aprivatefundraisingappealseekstoraise100k,withanadditional100ksoughtfromotherfunders.Theleveloffundingrequiredforthisstageisverysmallincomparisontothefundsrequiredforcompletionoftherestoration.

    Benefitsbeyondtheinitialfundingperiod M Thisis ahighriskprojectshouldthenecessaryconsentsbegainedandtherailwayextensionimplementedthisinitialstagewillprovideaconsiderablelegacy.Howeverwhilstnoshowstoppershaveyetbeenidentifiedasuccessfuloutcomeisnotguaranteed.Thereareextensiveengineeringworkstotakeplaceandconsiderablecapitalinexcessof11mwillberequiredtocompletetheextension.

    Innovationortheuseofbestpractice M Theprojectwill drawontheexperienceofrunningthepilotsectionoftherailwayfromWoodyBaytoKillingtonLaneanddrawonthecollectiveexperiencesofheritagerailwaysacrosstheUK.

    Opportunitiesforotherstolearnfromtheproject

    M ThepreparatoryworkandspecialistreportsrequiredfortheTransportandWorksActsOrderwillprovidesignificantreferenceresourcesregardingtheimmediatelocalityoftheproposedextensions.

    NationalParkAuthoritypriorities M TheprojecthasthepotentialtomakeastrongcontributiontoPriority8Sustainabletourismdevelopment.

    Sustainabilityevaluation H/M/L Notes

    Environmentalsustainability M Whilstcarbonemissionsfromsteamtrainscanbesignificant,theperpassengeremissioncomparesveryfavourablytoprivatemotortransport.InthisinstancetheimpactonCO2emissionswillbedependentonwhetherpassengersusetheserviceasanalternativetothecar,orasanadditionalattraction.Theapplicationpointstoevidenceaboutthepositiveimpactofrailwaylinesinprovidingwildlifecorridors,althoughtheadditionalvalueinaruralNationalParkcontextislikelytobeinsignificantcomparedtorailwaysrunningthroughurbanareas.Thelandscapeimpact(positiveornegative)willbesubjective.

    Social/communitysustainability M Asoutlinedpreviouslythereisstrongcommunitysupportaswellasinvolvementintherailway.Local

  • residents,businessesandvisitorsalikewillbeinapositiontogainsignificantpositivecontributionsasaresultoftheproject.Carewillneedtobetakentominimiseanypotentialnegativeimpactsarisingfromtheproject.

    Economicsustainability M Thereisahuge potentialtocontributetoeconomicsustainabilityduringallphasesoftheproject,althoughasoutlinedelsewheretheeconomiccontributionofthisparticularstagewillbelimited,althoughessentialtounlockfuturebenefits.

    BackgroundinformationandOfficercommentsTheLyntonandBarnstapleRailwaywasclosedin1935andthetrackbedandrollingstocksold/disposedof.In1979theLyntonandBarnstapleRailwayAssociation(nowTrust)wasformedwiththeaimofrestoringtherailway.Some27yearslaterasectionrunningjustoveramilebetweenWoodyBayandKillingtonLanewasfullyreopenedin2006forpassengerservices.TheLyntonandBarnstapleRailwayTrustthroughtheirExmoorEnterpriseprojectnowhaveambitiousplanstocontinuetheirrestorationworktacklingthesectionfromtheNationalParkboundaryatBlackmoorGatetoWoodyBayprovidinga4.25milelineintotalwiththepotentialforparkandridetypeservicesallowingvisitorstoexperiencetheNationalPark.ThisapplicationseeksfundingforthepreparatoryworkrequiredtocompleteandsubmittheTransportandWorksActOrder(TWAO)totheDepartmentforTransportfortheconstructionandoperationofarailway.Theexistingrailway,althoughshort,isasignificanttouristattractionwithintheNationalPark,andevidencefromelsewheredemonstratesthepopularityofheritagerailways.TheextensionwillmaketherailwayamoreattractivevisitordestinationandwillalsoofferopportunitiestoencourageamodalshiftfromprivatecartransporttopublictransporttoexploretheNationalParkintheformofaParkandRideservice.ThiscouldbesignificantforvisitorsinthelargerNorthDevoncoastalresortslookingforadaytriponExmoor.Howeverthescaleofthechallengeshouldnotbeunderestimated.InadditiontotheTWAOtheTrustwillrequireownershipofthetrackbedandsignificantcapitalfunding.Asmentionedabovethereisarelativelystrongcommunitysupportfortheprojectingeneral,albeitwithsomeconcernsexpressedabouttheimpactonfarmlandsplitasaresultofreconstruction.Anumberofemailshavebeenreceivedinsupportofthisapplicationcopieswillbeavailableatthemeetingorinadvanceonrequest.PresentationshavebeengiventotheAuthorityandalsototheParishandConsultativeForum.ItisunderstoodthattheactualTWAOapplicationwillcostintheregionof25kminimumbutbasedonpreviousexperiencethisislikelytobesignificantlymore,andtherewillbesignificantcostsinvolvedinprovidingdetailedreportsaspartoftheapplication.GiventheuncertaintiesoftheexactfinalcostsMembers,iftheywerepersuadedofthemeritsoffundingthisstage,maywishtoconsidercappinganysupportprovidedasamaximumpercentageoftotalcosts,inadditiontoamaximumtotalamountprovided.Thisisarelativelylargeapplication,particularlyconsideringanyfundingprovidedispotentiallyatriskgiventhereisnoguaranteethattheworkwillresultinanyfurtherphysicalprogressionoftherailway.ItispossibleaTWAOmaynotbegrantedorthatsufficientfundscannotberaisedtoimplementit.Theapplicantshavebeenaskedtoprovideabreakdownastothesourcestheyexpecttoutiliseforthecapitalinvestmentprogrammebutthishasnotbeenreceivedtodate.Thecapitalcostsrequiredfortherestorationofthissectionaresignificant.Theapplicationreferstocostsof1.35m,thoughtheBusinessPlansuppliedsuggestscostsintheregionof11.385m.Theapplicantsareconfidentthattherequiredfundscanberaisedbasedontheexperienceofotherrailwayprojectswhichshowsthatoncepermissionsareinplacefundingfollowsforreconstruction(e.g.theWelshHighlandRailwayWHR).Informationregardingfundraisingplanswasrequestedaspartoftheappraisalprocessandthefollowingresponsereceived:

  • We have obtained professional fund-raising advice on these aspects and the summary would be that funds will come from high nett-worth individuals, some of whom are members of the Trust, other funding bodies including European sources and Lottery funds. The latter has expressed interest in the heritage railway sector of late. It is also intended to have a share issue in the CIC at the appropriate time. We are confident that the above will be successful. There are various reports on the methods used in the WHR reconstruction available on the internet.

    WhilsttheWelshHighlandRailwayisofasimilarlength,scaleandgaugetotheLyntonandBarnstapleitmustbeborneinmindthatdirectcomparisonrevealssignificantdifferences.TheWHRbenefitedfromsubstantialEuropeanobjectiveone(nowknownasconvergence)fundingtomatchprivatedonationswhichhasconsiderablemorefundingavailablethanthecompetitiveness(objective2)programmeNorthDevoncurrentlyqualifiesfor.TheWHRwasalsopartoftheFfestingiogRailwayalongestablishedheritagerailwayalreadyoperatinga23milerouteintheareaforapprox.30years.Thecurrenteconomicclimateislikelytomakeitmorechallengingtosecurebothpublicandprivatesectorfunds,thoughthereisnodoubtthatsignificantsumshavebeenraisedforsuchprojectsinthepast.Beforefullrestorationcanbeexecutedlandownershipneedstobesecured(itispossibleforcompulsorypurchasetobeincludedintheTWAO).AtpresenttheTrustowns36%oftheroutebetweenKillingtonLaneandBlackmoorGate,andafurther27%iscurrentlyunderoffer.Theapplicantsreportthattheyhaverecentlycontinuedactivediscussionswithalllandownersalongtheroute.WhilsttheTWAOisprocessedbytheDepartmentforTransportasaPlanningAuthorityENPAneedstomakeacleardistinctionbetweenanysupport(financialorotherwise)fortheoverallschemeandindepthdiscussionsrequiredregardinganyspecificdetails.BalancingENPAsroleasaPlanningAuthority,anditsgeneralstanceinsupportoftherailway,andthelimitedfundsavailablewithinthePartnershipFundwiththeneedtosecuretangiblebenefitsitisconsideredthatitmightbemoreappropriate

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