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Friday, 28 November 2014

South Lakes council gives go ahead to heritage lottery fund application for Glebe in Windermere

South Lakeland District Council has given the go ahead for a stage one funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This is so further progress can be made on plans to improve The Glebe and Bowness Bay to make the area into a world class visitor destination.

The application will be made with the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA). If successful it will provide funding to fully develop proposals for The Glebe.

In April 2010, the Bowness Bay and the Glebe Framework Masterplan report, funded by the North West Development Agency (NWDA), presented a vision for the Glebe to be ‘the best waterfront park ever’. The report proposed a new hotel, cultural centre, courtyard retail area and the development of a ‘Park within a Park’.

Unfortunately the original plan was put on hold when the NWDA ceased to exist so the council has been working with the LDNPA and Cumbria County Council (CCC) to consider other ways of taking some parts of the project forward.

Funding from the Heritage Lottery (Parks for People) Fund was considered by the council and its partners as a potential way to develop elements of the original ‘Park within a Park’ proposal. This would include improvements to the Glebe plus the pitch and putt green space and the foreshore areas. At this early stage, the proposal considers improvements to the foreshore, links to Ferry Nab and Braithwaite Fold Car Park and the pedestrian areas of Glebe Road.

The HLF have already visited the site. They indicated that a round one application should be submitted and if successful could provide funding for the further development of the project, prior to a phase two application which would provide funds to deliver the project.

Leader of SLDC, Cllr Peter Thornton, said: “As a council, we have high aspirations for The Glebe and Bowness Bay and are looking at a project that will make this area a world class visitor destination.

The economic downturn has affected the original plans but this will not stop us working with the Lake District National Park Authority to deliver something that enhances and improves this iconic part of this area.

We will submit this application and hope that we can continue with a project that will help make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and visit.”

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