September 15, 2023

Planning application submitted for Cleator Moor community hub

A PLANNING application to help revitalise Cleator Moor’s town centre so that it can thrive into the future has been submitted.

Permission is being sought for a new public services and cultural community hub which would be created by refurbishing and reconfiguring Cleator Moor Library and the old Council Offices on the Market Square together with work to the external public realm.

The proposal is one of four projects that make up the Cleator Moor Town Deal which last year secured £40.9m in funding – with £22.5m coming from the Government’s Towns Fund and a further £18.4m from match funders.

The new hub aims to offer skills and employment opportunities and community facilities including a cafe for local people and to increase footfall in the town’s centre. 

Bob Metcalfe, Chair of the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board, said: “Getting the project to the stage at which it can be submitted to the local planning authority is a big step and represents a huge amount of work.

“This project has the potential to secure a range of long term benefits for the town, its residents and businesses and I’m pleased to see it move forward.

“Members of the public viewed the proposal at the Town Deal drop-in event held earlier this year and it received some very positive feedback.”

The proposed town centre hub would look to provide a range of new facilities including a cafe along with reading space and internet access.

An extension would be built to add a new entrance from Market Street, improving accessibility to both the library and Town Hall.

Outside, improvements would include new landscaped areas, restoration of the memorial fountain and removal of cast iron railings around Market Place and the Town Square.

The application will be considered at a future hearing of Cumberland Council’s Planning Committee. 



Notes to Editors


For immediate release.

On July 27, 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement: PM speech at Manchester Science and Industry Museum – GOV.UK (

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision. See the 101 places being supported to develop Town Deals: list-of-100-places.pdf (

Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding in 2021 for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place: towns-fund-accelerated-funding-grants.pdf (


Cumberland Council is a unitary council in Cumbria. 

On 1 April 2023 we took over the responsibility for all council services previously provided by Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council. 

The new council was formed in April 2023, and it aims to be ambitious, collaborative, compassionate, empowering, and innovative. Its Cumberland Plan sets out its vision and values.

The Cumberland area welcomes ambition and sustainable growth.

It is a globally recognised place of innovation and opportunity. 

Its city of Carlisle and its towns of Cleator Moor, Maryport, Millom and Workington have collectively attracted millions of pounds of government funding for schemes that will provide long lasting benefits for businesses and residents.

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This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Cumberland Council and the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board.

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