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Investment Opportunities

In Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria

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There are significant investments already planned for Westmorland and Furness, creating the conditions for further investment and supporting our plans for growth in housing and employment.

Through a range of transformational housing projects across the area it is hoped that many people will be attracted to live in the area and actively develop their careers across a range of industry sectors.

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Investment Opportunities

Port of Barrow

This major asset supports the shipyard’s growth and private sector investment in green growth and supply chain development. There are over 200 ha available for further development and we seek to advance the port as a marine gateway that facilitates development of our nationally significant sectors, including offshore wind and other clean growth opportunities, as well as cargo handling and visitor
cruise opportunities from this gateway to the Lake District.

Barrow Port

Marina Village, Barrow

This is a place-shaping opportunity to create an exceptional residential offer that can attract people to relocate and become part of our growing workforce. We want to provide contemporary, aspirational housing to accommodate those looking for high quality family homes in a vibrant new community.

At Marina Village, a 25-hectare brownfield site in Barrow town centre owned by the Westmorland and Furness council, investment of over £30m from Homes England’s Brownfield, Infrastructure and Land fund and the Getting Building Fund will remediate the land to allow the development of 800 new homes, a nature conservation area and new public open spaces

GSK, Ulverston

A 42 ha site owned by GSK, on the eastern edge of the town within five miles of the Lake District National Park. GSK has committed to donating 12 ha of the site for economic regeneration, creating high value, skilled jobs and providing a home for life sciences and advanced manufacturing. There is a future investment opportunity in the production facilities on site, which have a unique capability manufacturing lifesaving cephalosporin products exported and used around the world.

Proximity to the A590, M6, A66 and Furness and West Coast Main Rail Lines gives easy access to Manchester and Liverpool airports and the ports of Barrow, Heysham and Liverpool.

Visualisation 3 GSK Ulverston
Swarthmoor

Cross-a-Moor

A combined 52 ha of land available for housing across four allocated sites in Swarthmoor, near Ulverston. The sites can deliver a significant proportion of housing to meet local needs, with around 1,000 new homes, and help provide the workforce needed by local businesses in Westmorland and Furness. All sites are now served by a newly built roundabout, with a £12m investment made into enabling infrastructure.

Eden 41

Penrith will significantly benefit from the £1.5 bn national investment for dualling of the A66 Trans-Pennine route and the council is supporting the development of a strategic employment location at Junction 41 of the M6, located to the north of the town. The 18 acres of commercial/employment land around the junction is presently undeveloped with outline planning permission having been given to an initial area of 7 ha and the potential of extending into adjoining areas now being explored. The council would be particularly interested to discuss future investment with those with links to advanced manufacturing and clean growth.

Eden 41
scroggs wood

Scroggs Wood, Kendal

This is a prestige 18 ha site on the main southern approach to Kendal. It is a highly accessible development site adjacent to the A591 dual carriageway and just 5 minutes from M6 Junction 36. The site is allocated for employment and is intended for high quality, campus-style development reflecting its prominent location and draws upon the heritage and character of the site’s riverside setting at the gateway to the Lake District.

Investment Pipeline

Team Barrow

Government, BAE Systems and Westmorland and Furness Council are now working together as Team Barrow, a dynamic partnership formed to enable the significant new development required Investment Pipeline to deliver the Astute, Dreadnought and AUKUS submarine programmes as part of the UK’s Defence Nuclear Enterprise.

To fulfil the long-term requirements of the national submarine programme, BAE Systems will create 5,000 new employment opportunities in the next 15 years. This presents the potential for long-term transformational growth and Team Barrow will ensure the area can benefit from this once-in-a-generation opportunity in the coming decades and ensure it delivers for the people of Barrow, Westmorland and Furness and beyond.

In March 2024 Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the creation of the Barrow Transformation Fund, with the Government committing an immediate £20 million and a further minimum of £20 million a year over the next 10 years to make Barrow an even more attractive place to live, work, and build a career. This investment of over £200 million will include projects to support people towards work, improve health outcomes, build more homes, develop the transport network and support local schools.

These investments and opportunities create a compelling offer that will help to transform the town and the wider area and will leave an enduring legacy for future generations. There are massive opportunities to help us deliver this work.

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Brilliant Barrow

Brilliant Barrow

With more than £40 million of regeneration investment already secured, an exciting is happening in Barrow-in-Furness. Barrow was one of the first towns in the country to secure £25m from the Government’s Towns Fund for seven exciting projects that will help the area to thrive for generations. From a new Learning Quarter to improved active travel infrastructure, support programme for start-ups and entrepreneurship and a network of community hubs including a £6 million Outdoor Learning Centre. A further £17.5m regeneration scheme funded via the Levelling Up Fund will reinvigorate the town centre so it is ready to embrace a prosperous and healthy future.

A66 Trans-Pennine Dualling

National Highways have begun the preparatory works for the construction of a £1.5bn strategic highways upgrade scheme to provide a high quality, high-speed dual carriageway route on the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and A1(M) at Scotch Corner. Dualling will provide excellent connectivity along a key local, regional and national route for east/west journeys in the north of England for freight, tourism and businesses across the UK.

A66 Trans-Pennine Dualling

Digital Infrastructure

The Cumbria Project Gigabit programme will see £56.4m invested in full fibre infrastructure in Westmorland and Furness, with coverage rising to well above 95% by its completion in 2026. The Shared Rural Network, a £1bn investment across the UK, will improve 4G geographic coverage from all four Mobile Network Operators.