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Council plan priority economy

Enabling and delivering opportunities for sustainable economic growth

We will support the development of higher paid jobs in South Lakeland

  • engagement with the private sector and public sector partners will be central to our approach to helping to grow and develop the economy. In addition, there will be a renewed focus on helping to ensure the delivery of our key housing and employment sites
  • we will enable growth in accordance with the Cumbria Strategic Economic Plan, working in partnership with the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Private local businesses
  • we will improve the districts competitive advantage to succeed in today’s environment, exploring opportunities to influence, engage and work with strategic partners across the northern powerhouse including Lancashire and Furness to support our growth ambition and access external funding
  • working with partners we will maximise the districts growth potential from the major investment in advanced manufacturing in the Furness area and investment opportunities in the M6 corridor, as well as positioning South Lakeland and Cumbria more firmly as part of the Northern Powerhouse
  • we will support the delivery of new employment and housing sites
  • through our ‘Invest in South Lakeland’ programme, we will promote the area and the investment opportunities as a great place to do business. We will encourage and support businesses and investors. We will work with our public sector partners to maximise access to funding and to encourage the provision of skills training to meet the future needs of the economy
  • we will encourage businesses whose products and services reduce carbon usage and improve the environment
  • we will plan for future major infrastructure needs which will support growth in the principal centres of Kendal and Ulverston. For example by assessing strategic road improvements including the A590, A595 and the Northern Development Route, north of Kendal, and lobbying the case for improvement to rail services
  • we will when opportunities present themselves make best use of our property portfolio to support economic growth, through the use of our current and future asset base
  • we will continue to develop our strong relationship with leading educational centres such as Kendal College, Lancaster and Morecambe College and Lancaster University to promote and influence economic development
  • we will work with local business organisations, encouraging them to foster the growth of town and village centre business
  • we will continue to protect the vulnerable, mitigate the effects of poverty and work with others in our community to address the pressures on people experiencing poverty in South Lakeland

Measures of success

  • by 2025, the 60 hectares of new employment land identified in the South Lakeland Local Plan will have achieved major investment
  • by 2025, we will achieve investment enabling the creation of 1,000 new jobs in the area
  • between 2015 and 2025, we will have enabled, with the private sector, the rise of higher paid jobs and a year-on-year increase in the current median household income of £31,189 for people who live in South Lakeland
  • between 2015 and 2025, in partnership with the district’s towns and villages, the council will ensure they maintain their distinctive character and thrive commercially by supporting and improving the business start-up rate of 90 per 10,000 working population year-on-year