An economic vision to boost recovery and growth in Allerdale over the next decade has been agreed.

The 10-year strategy was agreed by Allerdale Council's executive and developed with a team of experts led by Mott McDonald.

It sets out the council’s economic priorities for the area, as well as how the council will help businesses and the area’s economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

By 2031, the council’s economic vision is for an economy “which is strong, diversified and well connected, with a growing and highly-skilled population. Employment levels will be high, with skills attainment well-matched to local employment needs.”

The strategy also sets out ambitions to ensure the area benefits from clean energy and manufacturing opportunities, as well as a strong tourism industry.

It seeks to ensure the area enjoys prosperous and resilient towns, flourishing rural communities and has a high quality of life for all residents which is underpinned by outstanding public services, affordable and well-designed housing, and development which is sensitive to the heritage and natural environment.

Speaking at the executive meeting on Wednesday where the report was being considered, the authority's leader Councillor Mike Johnson said: “I believe that this piece of work results in a compelling economic vision for Allerdale and sets out a roadmap for delivery over the coming years.

"The document builds on the previous strategy and builds on the successful bids to the Stronger Towns Fund and the Future High Streets Fund.

“We are under no illusions that the next few years could present many economic challenges for this area.

"But we believe that the objectives we have identified in this strategy present the best way to improve our economic future.

"It will continue to build on our strengths in tourism and manufacturing and provide greater focus on emerging opportunities.

“We know that we can’t deliver all of the objectives and actions in this strategy alone, however, and we look forward to working with a wide range of stakeholders to bring about our economic vision.”