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Welcoming World Heritage Site status

10 July 2017

Councillors say World Heritage Site status will help to bring much needed investment and boost the local economy.

We endorsed the Lake District’s bid for World Heritage Site status in 2015 saying it would benefit the long term economic prospects for the whole of South Lakeland.

Cllr Graham Vincent, our Portfolio holder for Economy, said: “We are delighted the Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site. This not only recognises its significant importance as a cultural landscape but also offers exciting opportunities to add real economic drive, attract and develop new creative industries and help to meet the demand for more affordable housing which complements the area.

“We will continue to work closely with the Lake District National Park Authority to develop the benefits of World Heritage Site status, providing a positive and vibrant future for the area and strengthening our economy.”

We are a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership, which comprises 26 local and national organisations, agencies and authorities which were behind the successful bid.

Cllr Matt Severn, our Portfolio holder for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “This is really welcome. It recognises the unique cultural and social heritage of the Lake District and will provide an important springboard for future investment in tourism and the economy of South Lakeland. It is a recognition of the unique character of the people as well as the landscape of this special area.”        

World Heritage Site status ranks the Lake District alongside destinations including the Taj Mahal, Tower of London and Great Barrier Reef in its worldwide importance.