Plans to transform a 400ha derelict former Ministry of Defence site on the edge of the Lake District into an “Eden Project for the North” were announced by Allerdale Borough Council last week.
The council claims the site, at Broughton Moor in Cumbria, is the “largest brownfield development opportunity in north England”.
Allerdale head of regeneration David Martin said: “The aim is to develop a leisure and commercial destination that could generate the same benefits for Cumbria that the Eden Project has for Cornwall.”
The first stage will be the creation of Derwent Forest, a park with 32km of walking, cycling and riding trails, to be opened by 2007.
The MoD is selling the site to Allerdale, subject to a £20 million grant from the Northwest Development Agency and urban regeneration firm West Lakes Renaissance. The grant will pay for land clearance, a visitor centre and other facilities .
The scheme’s partners — Allerdale Borough Council, the Northwest Development Agency, West Lakes Renaissance, Cumbria County Council and the Forestry Commission — are now seeking interest from developers.
The partners hope to attract 1.5 million visitors annually and create 1,000 jobs, bringing £6 million a year into the local economy.
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