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Carlisle is through to the second round of a competitive application to access funding from the Future High Street Fund. The Fund of £675 million aims to provide infrastructure investment to help renew and reshape high streets in a way that improves the experience, drives growth and ensures future sustainability.
Carlisle City Council, working in partnership with local businesses, community groups, local people, and Cumbria County Council, identified key priorities which supported the development of projects for the fund. Carlisle City Council submitted a business case for the Future High Street Fund to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and has been successful in securing £9.1 million for Carlisle City Centre through the Fund. Revitalising the Historic Quarter and evening economy are key regeneration priorities.
The proposals for Carlisle's Future High Street Fund bid include: reimagining the Market Square, to renew the square and create a greater space for events, repurposing key empty sites for redevelopment, including the Former Hoopers Building, Central Plaza site, and 6-24 Castle Street, pedestrian improvements to Devonshire Street and investing in lighting up key sites in Carlisle.