Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council are one of the first recipients of the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (Forward Fund) outside of London, with the £102m announcement to construct a new southern link road. The proposed road will form a new link between the M6 and the south of Carlisle, opening up land to bring forward 10,000 homes as part of the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.
Hyas have been working with Carlisle City Council since July 2017, to progress the planning, masterplanning and delivery strategy for the Garden Village, acting as critical friends and advisors to the Council, and providing specific support on masterplanning and delivery. Hyas played an important role in developing the HIF bid, working with both the City Council and Cumbria County Council and a wider team of consultants. This support has included:
- helping to develop a clear delivery strategy for the proposed Garden Village;
- assisting with the accompanying viability assessment work;
- developing a project plan for associated planning and masterplanning work alongside the road proposals;
- and working with other consultants to ensure a comprehensive business case was presented to Homes England and MHCLG.
Our input is similar to that we have been providing to other places, helping to demonstrate strong links between investment in infrastructure and housing growth, and drawing from our team’s background knowledge and experience of such Government initiatives.
The announcement is a major boost to the prospects of bringing forward St Cuthbert’s and Hyas are continuing to support the Council with their ambitions,