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Funding Boost

Published on 22 February 2019

Funding Boost

More than £100 million has been awarded to support St Cuthbert’s Garden Village and the Carlisle Southern Link Road.

Two separate UK government announcements have supported the development and its associated infrastructure.

On Wednesday 13 February, the government announced that £300,000 funding was allocated to St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, as part of their Garden Communities Programme. The capacity funding will support the ongoing development of the garden village and is another important step forward for our ambitious plans. We are a growing city and as part of the garden village proposal, we aim to create increased housing and employment opportunities, together with new community facilities.

A further announcement was made on Thursday ‪14 February that the government had allocated £102 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to deliver the Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) - a strategic link road connecting junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 CNDR.

Cumbria County Council worked with Carlisle City Council and Homes England to develop the bid, part of a competitive process, which was submitted last September. The CSLR will be critical in supporting the full scale of development at St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

Now that funding has been secured, detailed design plans and scheme development for the road will continue with final route proposal consultation being undertaken in Summer 2019 and construction planned to start in Spring 2021.

This investment continues the government’s support for Cumbria, the Northern Powerhouse and rural economies across the Borderlands region.

The 2018 UK budget reaffirmed the government’s commitment to an Inclusive Growth Deal for the Borderlands - a unique cross border collaboration between Carlisle City, Cumbria County, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumberland County and Scottish Borders councils - to drive local growth and productivity across the Northern Powerhouse.  

To find out more about St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, visit 

To find out more about the CSLR visit

To find out more about the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal visit

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