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St Cuthbert's Garden Village

Published on 06 December 2017

St Cuthbert's Garden Village

An ambitious and unique housing and economic development scheme in Carlisle has been awarded £275,000 Government funding.

The news that the Carlisle City Council bid for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village was announced on Monday 4 December by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  

Of the 14 sites included in the Government’s Garden Village programme, St Cuthbert’s is by far the largest in terms of its potential capacity. It is also one of only two Garden Villages north of Manchester and easily amongst the most ambitious development projects being actively progressed within the north of England.

It is an ambitious proposal that could include the development of up to 10,000 new homes, new employment opportunities, community facilities and a new southern link road.

Carlisle City Cllr Heather Bradley, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said:

“St Cuthbert’s Garden Village will be a distinctive, high quality development that responds to Carlisle’s housing, economic and infrastructure needs. It is the largest garden village proposals in the UK and provides a platform for growth and future investment in Carlisle. The capacity funding will help fund dedicated staff, studies and assessments that are vital to the delivery of a successful garden village.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for the public and landowners to get involved and help shape the future of the area. The first opportunity will be early 2018, where we will be looking for help drawing together a vision for the area.”

A masterplan will be drawn together to ensure that the area is developed to the highest standard and that it follows the Garden Village principles. This current stage of masterplanning will focus on developing a vision for the Garden Village and will include actively engaging communities, landowners, developers and other interested parties. It will also identify where the development could and should be focussed.

Public engagement is anticipated to start next year, in the form of inviting ideas on what should be included and prioritised within the new Garden Village and initial thoughts on where and what form development should take. 

  • St Cuthbert’s Garden Village is identified as a broad location for growth in the Carlisle & District Local Plan. It was named St Cuthbert’s, after the parish in which it is predominantly located.
  • Designated as a Garden Village as part of the Government’s Garden Towns and Villages Programme, it will be a distinctive, high quality development that responds to the strategic housing, economic and infrastructure needs of the area. 
  • St Cuthbert’s will be a thriving new community that will deliver a quality development that will transform Carlisle. It will meet the need for sustainable housing growth over the next 25 years, making Carlisle the place of choice for those wishing to feel the benefits of living in the countryside with the convenience, connectivity and opportunities of a major city.
  • The Village will be a healthy and sustainable place with safe, attractive and well managed cycle and walking networks. There will be a high quality built and natural environment, with space for innovation and flexibility in the housing and employment offer and views of the surrounding countryside, including towards the Lake District World Heritage Site, and the city’s iconic landmarks including the Cathedral. There will be distinctive character areas and opportunities for both large and small scale builders to construct a wide range of homes for all.
  • It will also support Carlisle and the Cumbria LEP’s wider ambitions to harness the potential of the city to grow Cumbria’s economy by creating the kind of aspirational place that will attract and retain skilled and high earning residents.
  • Carlisle City Council has appointed Gillespies, a creative landscape and urban design consultancy, to help start the first stage of the masterplanning for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village. This current stage of masterplanning will focus on developing a vision for the Garden Village and will include actively engaging communities, landowners, developers and other interested parties. It will also identify where the development could and should be focussed.
  • Gillespies will be supported by Hemingway Design (design champion), White Young Green (transport specialists) and Lambert Smith Hampton (viability specialists).
  • Across England, the government is currently supporting 24 locally-led garden cities, towns and villages, which have the potential to deliver around 220,000 homes.
  • Backed by £16 million funding, a further £3 million has been allocated to 14 garden villages in the programme to fund dedicated staff and studies and assessments that are vital to the delivery of garden villages that are key to successful delivery.
  • The 14 garden villages are: Long Marston, Oxfordshire Cotswold, Tresham, Culm, Welborne, West Carclaze, Dunton Hills, Spitalgate Heath, Halsnead, Longcross, Bailrigg, Infinity Garden Village,                St Cuthbert’s and Handforth.
  • A garden town is a development of more than 10,000 homes. Garden villages are smaller settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.
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