Carlisle Garden Village

Professional team picked for Carlisle Garden Village

Masterplanner Gillespies, transport planner WYG, and Lambert Smith Hampton have been appointed to work up proposals for a 10,000-home Garden Village south of Carlisle.

The city council has appointed the team to work on proposals for the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, one of 14 sites in the Government’s Garden Villages programme.

Alongside Lambert Smith Hampton, which will work on viability proposals for the scheme, the council has also appointed urban designer Hemingway Design on the project.

The team will now focus on the masterplan for the area and engage with developers, landowners, and the local community to work up plans for the Garden Village and identify a precise location for the scheme.

Public engagement on the project is expected to start next year, while engagement with landowners is already under way.

Alongside 10,000 homes, the development will include new employment opportunities, community facilities, and a link road. The road will join Junction 42 of the M6 with the southern end of the A689, and will act as “an integral part” of the masterplan process.

The council approved a £350,000 budget for masterplanning in May this year.

Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Carlisle to make its mark when it comes to creating much needed new homes and infrastructure.

“Recent history has shown that it will take real vision and an intelligent Herculean effort from a team of brilliant, diligent designers, place-makers, local and regional stakeholders who involve and represent the best interests of the community.”

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Wow! Hope they have a good plan for managing flood risk!

By Bob

“Garden village”. Hmm. I’m thinking a park, a cricket ground, some nice pubs, a post office, a school, a health centre, a variety of useful local shops and lots of pretty cottages, all different, in the local Cumbrian sandstone, with maybe a few posh houses like a vicarage and hall (the latter with a nice lake etc). But no. It’s a safe bet we’ll be offered 10,000 banal, near identical brick boxes with scarcely a chimney between them, some supermarkets, a multiplex, a service station and a token patch of litter-strewn greenery between busy dual carriageways with miserable flayed saplings which will probably be ripped to shreds by vandals within a year. Oh, and lots and lots of mendacious hype.

By Moomo