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Cumbria Growth Deal

The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £ 60.4m of central government funding to deliver The Cumbria Growth Deal.

The Cumbria Growth Deal will provide local people with more training opportunities, new and better jobs, more local housing and better transport to access the opportunities being developed by international and local businesses.  It is anticipated that the Growth Deal will bring to Cumbria:

  • 4,000 Jobs
  • 3,000 Homes
  • 5,000 premises with access to Superfast Broadband
  • 1,700 learners to acquire new skills
  • 62,000 m2 of new or refurbished commercial floor space
  • £ 100m public and private sector investment

The proposed projects are as follows:

This project will extend availability of Superfast Broadband to an additional 5,000 premises over and above the approximately 111,000 covered by Phase 1. Phase 2 will extend coverage to approximately 95%, meaning it will be dealing with more isolated rural areas and will have a more complex technical nature.
The project will invest in the future of the Port, in the first instance by delivering better road and rail links to the port and employment land to the north, and by progressing core Port infrastructure works.
The AMC will deliver an employer-led curriculum at all levels to the engineering, manufacturing, and processing sectors.
The programme will invest in projects which will help to reduce flood risk from all sources, reducing the risk to existing homes and businesses as well as enabling future sustainable growth and investment.

The funding will be utilised to deliver state-of-the art facilities, bring together learning and workspace to stimulate enterprise, improve the local leadership & management offer, and increase specialist STEM R & D laboratory space, enabling training to be provided to at least 1,200 learners and delivering a range of qualifications from Level 2-4.  Grants have been awarded to Kendal College, Furness College, Askham Bryan (Newton Rigg) and the University of Cumbria.

The programme will provide grant aid to help Cumbrian businesses deliver capital projects that can help them grow and create and/or safeguard sustainable private sector jobs.
An Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre at Furness College to equip Cumbrians with the skills to take up the expanding opportunities at BAE and within the supply chain for major manufacturers.
A package of sustainable transport measures to optimise connectivity within Cumbria, particularly around key visitor arrival points and visitor attractions around Windermere and Grasmere.
The remediation and improvement of the Barrow Waterfront site, enabling growth in this key centre of manufacturing.
Transport improvements in and around Kendal facilitating housing development and business growth.
Junction improvements to increase capacity in South Ulverston to support the expansion of GlaxoSmithKline and housing development.
Access improvements to the Durranhill Industrial Estate to enable business expansion and the revitalising of this enterprise asset.
Infrastructure improvement including major rehabilitation of the runway, taxiways and a passenger terminal facility.
To create a notable and significant mixed use development centred on the site of Carlisle's historic Citadels and an area of adjacent land which is currently in retail use. 
To enable priority developments to be brought forward in the town centre to meet a market failure in the town's available property supply alongside associated infrastructure.
This project focuses on preparatory works at the strategic Lillyhall North site to enable its development; securing an anchor tenant at the site by providing a 200,000sqm facility for long-term lease on commercial terms, a local manufacturer in the materials technology sector; and promoting the rest of Lillyhall North for development, which has been vacant for 20 years.