The 10,000-home St Cuthbert’s Garden Village has been allocated a fresh wave of funding from the Government to go towards the delivery of the masterplan.
The £320,000 is the latest round of capacity funding granted from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
St Cuthbert’s is one of 14 Garden Villages proposed across the country and sits to the south of Carlisle city centre. In terms of housing numbers, Carlisle City Council claims the site is the largest in the country with the capacity for 10,325 homes.
Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council have allocated £10m towards enabling works.
Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson, said: “St Cuthbert’s is an ambitious and unique housing and economic development scheme for Carlisle. The capacity funding will help fund dedicated staff, studies and assessments that are vital to the delivery of a successful masterplan.
“There will be further opportunities for the public and landowners to get involved and help shape the future of the area. Public engagement is key to the development of our garden communities.”
A masterplan is being drawn up, with a range of development options subject to public consultation last year.
Allocated within the Carlisle Local Plan, St Cuthbert’s is identified as a broad location for a mixed-use development of up to 10,000 homes to the south of the city.
Originally known as Carlisle South, the site was included in the Government’s garden villages, towns and cities programme announced in January 2017.
The preparation of a separate Local Plan to guide the development is under way and subject to consultation.