More details have been revealed of a major tourist development expected to boost businesses in Cumbria.

The people behind Cornwall’s Eden Project submitted plans for a northern version of the attraction - to be built on Morecambe Bay’s seafront - in June.

Lancaster City Council is considering the plans, which feature five giant mussel-shaped domes tipped to contain performance spaces, gardens and observatories.

If the plans are approved it is believed the complex could be open as early as spring 2023.

Eden Project International says the £85m project could attract as many as 760,000 visitors a year.

Si Bellamy, head of Eden Project International, gave a more detailed glimpse of the plans when he addressed the North Lancs Expo at the Lancaster Brewery.

He told the event, organised by Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce, the project would showcase the natural wonders that exist above and below the bay.

He said it would feature an “above the bay” area with plants and art exhibits, showing the natural abundance and rhythms of life linked to the sun.

A “below the bay” area will include a series of theatrical experiences designed to bring to life lunar rhythms and tides.

Another area, the “natural sanctuary” will focus on the health-giving aspects of the seaside and offer wellbeing treatments.

It will also include a “natural observatory” to cater for research and education programmes.

Plans for the project have been welcomed by tourism and political leaders in Cumbria, who say it could bring knock-on benefits for the county.