South Lakeland's challenge is to address the future, to overcome weaknesses in its economy, to realise opportunities for economic and social growth and develop a sustainable economic, social and environmental balance. The Community Strategy will identify the actions and the organisations that will deliver this.
Support for regeneration is available from the Cumbria Local Economic Partnership (LEP), the European Union, Natural England (formerly The Countryside Agency), several Government Departments and the Local Authorities.
Priorities for support include:
- the creation of employment sites and premises
- the restructuring of primary agriculture, including the development of local, 'value added' produce
- the development of employment and business skills
- attracting inward investment of new businesses
- enhancement of rural services, including broadband
- investment in key service centres
- strengthening and modernisation of the tourism industry
We work with businesses, communities and other public agencies to bring forward good ideas that enable South Lakeland to thrive.
We do this by:
- presenting South Lakeland's case to influence the development of county and regional policies and funding programmes
- working actively within the One South Lakeland Partnership Board
- working with the Cumbria Local Economic Partnership to bring forward projects to benefit South Lakeland
- providing, development and planning advice to organisations that are developing regeneration projects
- creating and entering partnerships with organisations to develop and deliver projects
- development of Low Mill Business Park, Ulverston
- Highgate Improvements work in Kendal
- Kirkland Enhancement Scheme
- Kendal Economic Regeneration Action Plan and regeneration initiatives
- Grange-over-Sands Time and Tide Project, regeneration of the Promenade and former swimming pool areas
- Kendal Signage Project, improvements to visitor signage in Kendal
- Windermere, Waterhead and Ambleside regeneration projects around Windermere lake