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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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1000 potential jobs for South Lakeland in new council plan

BUSINESSES in South Lakeland have welcomed a vision for a bright economic future which aims to create at least 1,000 jobs.

The South Lakeland District Council has been working with large and small firms for a new plan to enable growth and deliver high quality jobs.

The Plan, adopted by Full Council last night, aims to attract inward investment to three major sites and earmarks areas along the M6 corridor and to the east of the district for growth.

It stresses the opportunities from working closely with businesses and communities to support advanced manufacturing firms with highly-skilled workforces.

Pharmaceutical giant GSK has welcomed the Council Plan.

GSK is currently consulting residents on its plans for a new £350m biopharm plant alongside its existing Ulverston site – which will support more than 240 new jobs – doubling the current workforce.

Pat McIver, GSK’s Site Biopharm Lead, said: “We welcome the council's emphasis on encouraging sustainable economic growth and developing opportunities for this growth through skills and education.

“Our new factory will create more, high quality jobs for people living in the area.”

SLDC Ulverston East councillor Mark Wilson is also excited at the prospect of the new plan.

He said: “New jobs are really important in helping towns like Ulverston to thrive and the plan helps to give employers like GSK the confidence they need to invest and expand.”

The SLDC Plan has confirmed four priorities to help bring prosperity and a better quality of life for residents across the district.

It will deliver opportunities for economic growth; enable homes to meet need; improve residents’ health and wellbeing; and protect the environment.

The council will work with businesses and other organisations to enable at least 1000 jobs and 1000 affordable homes to rent by 2025.

The Council Plan will support the broader Local Plan which has earmarked 68 sites for housing, and 20 for employment.

The Canal Head areas of Kendal and Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands and Kirkby Lonsdale will be a focus for sustainable development.

A Community Infrastructure Levy will be introduced to support new developments and provide local facilities.

There is an emphasis on improving town-centres by working with businesses and parish councils to address the issues of empty shops and properties.

To achieve its ambitions SLDC will continue to promote the localism agenda. It will embrace neighbourhood working and empower communities to help deliver on issues that matter locally.

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