Millom Town Deal

Millom Town Deal

Millom is at a turning point; an exciting time in its history when unprecedented investment in the town and its infrastructure will bring about real and tangible change; change that will make a positive difference to the lives of its residents for many years to come.

Planning permission sought for Millom’s Iron Line project


PLANNING permission is being sought to create a new welcome building, walkways and art installations as part of a project to sensitively transform a popular nature reserve.

The Iron Line would see the unique sea wall and coastal lagoon off the coast of Millom sensitively enhanced to form a fully inclusive route across RSPB Hodbarrow.

This project will help attract more visitors, enhancing the local economy, alongside increasing levels of health and wellbeing. This project also helps to support Millom’s growing offer as a beautiful landscape to live in, visit and enjoy. 

A planning application for the built elements of the scheme, which forms part of the Millom Town Deal – has now been submitted to Cumberland Council. 

David Savage, Chair of the Millom Town Deal Board, said: “This is the second project within the transformative Town Deal programme to reach the stage at which it can be submitted to the local planning authority with work continuing behind the scenes on the remaining two significant projects:

  • Activating Community Health
  • Connecting Millom and Haverigg

“This planning application follows quickly on from the planning submission for the Arts and Enterprise Centre and demonstrates that the projects are now gaining momentum on their journey towards delivering their stated outcomes for Millom and Haverigg.

“The Iron Line has the potential to be transformative for Millom. 

“Particularly important is the increased opportunity for everyone to access a beautiful and inspirational location, something that is so important for levels of health and wellbeing and commits our area to the principle of inclusive access for all.

“There are also the benefits it will bring to the wider economy of the area.

“We will look forward to bringing further updates about the two remaining projects as they become available.”

Millom Town Deal secured £20.6 million from the Government’s Towns Fund in November 2022 with an additional £8.7 million in match funding to help the town and its communities to thrive in the future.

The planning application for The Iron Line seeks permission to create a new welcome centre at the location with a cafe and bar, retail area and events room created with adjacent car parking, access and landscaping.

Wildlife habitats would also be enhanced and a new multi-use pathway would be installed with signage and street furniture. 

And new bird hides and viewing platforms would be installed while the existing bird hide would benefit from a new living roof.


The Iron Line planning application will be decided at a future meeting of Cumberland Council’s Planning Committee.



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 (

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 (

Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year 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 (

This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Copeland Borough Council and the Millom Towns 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.

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