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PLANNING permission is being sought to transform a former bank into a new arts and enterprise centre for the community of Millom.
The proposal would see work get underway at the property in St George’s Road to create a range of facilities including a cafe, maker’s market, small retail spaces, workshops and studios.
It is part of the £3m Reactivating Heritage Buildings project brought forward by Millom Town Deal which was awarded £20.6 million from the Government’s Towns Fund in November 2022 to help the town and its communities to thrive in the future. An additional £8.7 million was secured in match funding.
David Savage, Chair of the Millom Town Deal Board, said: “A lot of work behind the scenes has secured this once in a lifetime investment of £29.3m, with a package of projects which supports the requirements of the HMG Town Fund criteria.
“The Arts and Enterprise Centre is an integral part of the transformation of a forgotten town into something quite extraordinary for Millom and Haverigg.
“This is the first planning application which is ready to be submitted to the local planning authority and represents the next step in the process.
“Each of the Town Deal projects are at various stages of development and must meet appropriate criteria prior to a formal application being submitted to the Planning Authority.
“We will look forward to announcing the other Town Deal planning applications once they are ready for submission”.
The key highlights of the Arts and Enterprise Hub include:
The application will be determined at a future meeting of Cumberland Council’s Planning Committee.
The Millom Town Deal includes three further projects; The Iron Line, Connecting Millom and Haverigg and Activating Community Health.
Notes to Editors
For immediate release.
On July 27, 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement: PM speech at Manchester Science and Industry Museum – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision. See the 101 places being supported to develop Town Deals: list-of-100-places.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding in 2020 for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place: towns-fund-accelerated-funding-grants.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Cumberland Council and the Millom Town Deal Board.
Cumberland Council is a unitary council in Cumbria.
On 1 April 2023 we took over the responsibility for all council services previously provided by Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.
The new council was formed in April 2023, and it aims to be ambitious, collaborative, compassionate, empowering, and innovative. Its Cumberland Plan sets out its vision and values.
The Cumberland area welcomes ambition and sustainable growth.
It is a globally recognised place of innovation and opportunity.
Its city of Carlisle and its towns of Cleator Moor, Maryport, Millom and Workington have collectively attracted millions of pounds of government funding for schemes that will provide long lasting benefits for businesses and residents.