RESIDENTS, businesses and students are being asked for their views on plans for a new University of Cumbria campus at the historic Citadels in Carlisle.

Feedback gathered from the first public consultation earlier this year showed overwhelming support for the proposals to transform the historic Citadels and surrounding areas into a new campus for the University of Cumbria.

The first round of public consultation took place online between May and June 2020 with 77 per cent of respondents agreeing that the objectives for the project were ‘about right’ and across the open questions in the survey, there was overall more support for the University to use the Citadels than objection.

This second public consultation incorporates into the proposals the feedback received to date and seeks public opinion on the design principles and vision for the site.

Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels are a major gateway into the city and are a key part of the history and identity of Carlisle.

As part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, £50 million of funding has been allocated for the second phase to bring new purpose to the historic Citadels and adjacent site.

Phase one relates to the proposed investment to improve Carlisle Railway Station.

Further consultation on the proposed Station improvements will be undertaken early in the new year.

The project is being developed jointly by Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council and the University of Cumbria working with Cumbria LEP as a key partner.

It is hoped that plans will transform the city’s character and status including that of the Borderland area.

Developments will see the city centre become a more vibrant and accessible place where people will choose to live and work.

Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council said: “Through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, there is an in-principle commitment to support the development of a new campus for the University of Cumbria at the historic Citadels.

“The proposals are still in the early stages of development and we want to gather people’s views and ideas to help us continue to shape plans as they progress. Coun Young said: "Whilst I appreciate the timing around doing any public consultation isn’t ideal given the current Covid-19 pandemic, we need to ensure we progress the development of a business case in order to secure the funding for this transformational project.

"This will help make sure that when the world gets back on its feet, we are well placed to attract businesses and students into Carlisle.”

University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Mennell said: “The University of Cumbria was established to serve the needs of Cumbria and the wider region.

“To increase educational attainment, aspiration and participation, to deliver higher-level skills and importantly to support our businesses, economy and communities to thrive.

“This role has never been so important, and we remain firmly committed to fulfilling it.

“The Citadels project, in partnership with Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council will be truly transformational – allowing us to extend our reach and impact for the benefit of our cross-border region, our city and communities.”

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