Carlisle Railway Station, Story And Eric Wright, P Cumbria Council
The station gateway project is part of the Borderlands Growth Deal

Carlisle Plan consultation approaches close

Neil Tague

Businesses and residents have just over a week to have their say on the council’s vision document.

This is the third time Carlisle has set out its priorities in such a way and rounds up priority projects through to 2023.

The local authority said that more than £250m of government funding has been secured to deliver housing, infrastructure, and regeneration projects, in addition to the two major projects already underway: the £27m redevelopment of the Sands Centre and the reinstatement of the ground floor of the Civic Centre.

There are three main areas covered by the plan: the first is projects coming forward as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

This includes the various elements of the Carlisle Station Gateway project along with the Citadels university campus and business growth space, where work started this month. The development of a place plan for Longtown is also included in the Carlisle Plan.

The second main heading is the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, the development of 10,000 homes to the south of the city where a park design contest has now been launched. The third covers delivery of projects backed by government streams, such as the Future High Streets Fund and Towns Fund, including the reimagining of the Market Square public space and improvements to Devonshire Street.

Council leader Cllr John Mallinson said: “Carlisle is now well placed to bounce back from the impact of the pandemic and the programmes and projects in the Carlisle Plan will make a tremendous contribution to this recovery.

“The focus on two priorities, economic growth and health and wellbeing, will continue to guide our use of new and existing resources. This is in addition to the daily delivery of all the Council services, which are equally important but often less visible.

“Working together we can deliver economic growth and improve health and wellbeing.”

A programme of public consultation events are being staged at the Old Town Hall. The plan is available to view online, with the consultation closing on 6 August.

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