Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

A planning application has been submitted for a new 8km link road intended to help deliver a 10,000-home garden village scheme in Cumbria.

Countryside near the proposed route of the new link road near Carlisle (pic: Thomas Nugent via Geograph)
Countryside near the proposed route of the new link road near Carlisle (pic: Thomas Nugent via Geograph)

Cumbria County Council will consider its own planning application for the Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) scheme.

According to the county council, the road is identified in Carlisle City Council's adopted Carlisle District Local Plan 2015-2030 and is required, in part, to unlock the delivery of up to 10,000 new homes at the planned St Cuthbert's Garden Village.

The garden village was one of 17 large-scale housing projects that secured financial support from the government in 2017. 

In February this year, the government announced an additional £102 million from its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to help fund the new link road.

The money was the outcome of one of the first two successful bids to the forward-funding stream of the HIF, which aims to speed up housing delivery by supporting the necessary infrastructure schemes.

The road would connect junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 to the west. It would include bridges over two main railway lines and the Caldew and Petteril rivers, a network of footways and cycleways and an extensive programme of landscaping and environmental mitigation.

If permission is secured, Cumbria Council intends to start work on the scheme in 2021.

The planning application can be viewed online at under planning application reference: 1/19/9012. 

A Planning case study on how the council successfuly bid for the HIF cash can be read here. 

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