CELL Area Masterplan: Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth

1 March 2007 | blog, neighbourhood, place making, strategy, working with communities

Local shops in Lynemouth
The CELL area is situated in Castle Morpeth and comprises four settlements – Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth. These four settlements have similar problems but they also have distinct characteristics which are important to recognise when planning for their future. The villages have been largely dependent on the mining economy of south east Northumberland which has now ended, though the Lynemouth aluminium smelter remains, depending now on imported coal.
the structure of the CELL area
We are part of the Roger Tym and Partners team which has been appointed by Castle Morpeth Strategic Partnership and ENRgI to prepare a masterplan for this area. Urban design issues within the settlement boundaries will be an important part of the masterplan proposal but they should be seen in the broader context of the surrounding countryside and coastal landscape. Although the area is rich in history, this has not expressed itself particularly through distinctive architecture and townscape. The unique character of the settlements is more the result of a complex mixture of land uses, focal points, community nodes and modest brick and stone architecture.
As part of the urban design framework, we will devise a spatial concept that draws together these disparate components into a more cohesive whole whilst creating new opportunities for change through new building, external spaces and a more useful landscape framework for the settlements. A central part of this will be a critical examination of settlement structure and function. This will allow alternative scenarios to be developed with clear development options and frameworks for comparative assessment. Having established future settlement structures and functions we will set out a rationale for improving certain spaces, adopting distinct design approaches and identifying priorities for investment.
CELL area landscape
The components of the urban design framework would be inter-related strategies covering overall settlement structures and functions integrated in the broader landscape context, places including hubs, focal points, features and special areas of the CELL area that can sensibly and beneficially be the target of investment. We will also include a network strategy, arrival strategy and streetscape and public realm proposals as well as development opportunities.


We proposed an integrated approach to the CELL Area Masterplan which seeks to match the physical opportunities with the scope for economic and social renewal.. We will take an all-embracing holistic view of the settlement and its potential for improvement, including the need to achieve an acceptable balance between the desires and needs of different user groups.

Photogallery of the CELL area

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.