Below, please find a record of frequently asked questions and their answers.
Who are the Allerdale Investment Partnership?
Established in Spring 2014, Allerdale Investment Partnership (AIP) is an innovative partnership between Allerdale Borough Council and GB Strategic Land Fund.
Allerdale Borough Council is responsible for an amazingly diverse landscape and population across the northwest of Cumbria. The area is made up of distinct urban areas, forests, fells, farmland and lakes, as well as fertile coastal plains, including an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which stretches along the Solway estuary. Its population of 96,400 is spread throughout bustling modern town centres, historic market towns, hugely popular tourist destinations and miles of beautiful countryside.
GB Strategic Land Fund is a specialist in land acquisition, finance, town planning, infrastructure delivery and project management. The Fund is involved in multiple joint ventures and co-investments with financial institutions, local authorities and statutory bodies.
What is The Allerdale Investment Partnership?
Allerdale Investment Partnership has one key aim – to generate significant economic investment in this area of West Cumbria. Jobs and training opportunities will be created, key areas will be regenerated, new homes and businesses will be built.
The Partnership will arrange and manage appropriate exits to operators to deliver housing, food or other retail, commercial or employment opportunities to the area.
It will also have the capability to acquire identified sites within the town to enhance sites or meet specific strategic community objectives to ensure Allerdale continues to be an attractive and sustainable place ‘to live, work and play’ and meets the needs of families and employers.
The Partnership will be an equal 50:50 Limited Liability Partnership, with both partners sharing the enhanced value on an equal footing and having an equal say in the decision making and governance processes.
Each Partner brings its specific skills, experience and relationships to the Partnership; Allerdale Borough Council will bring strong strategic and political links, as well as significant local and regional knowledge, helping to identify the needs of the local communities.
GB Strategic Land Fund, brings investment, commercial expertise and market relationships.
Together the strengths and expertise of both Partners will ensure that the Partnership will successfully deliver Project Plan objectives and, critically, ensure the Partnership meets the Council’s strategic and community priorities and targets.
It is thought this joint venture between a local authority and a commercial partner, each with very distinct roles, is unique. It is a new way of regenerating areas which have a low land value and it is the hope of the GB Strategic Land Fund that its success could change the way the land market works in the UK.
How will the Allerdale Investment Partnership benefit the community?
The Allerdale Investment Partnership will enable strategic borough-wide planning, bringing new housing, retail, leisure and hospitality venues in locations where they are needed.
It will also generate significant funds for the Council that will be reinvested in high-quality strategic projects across the area.
Allerdale Borough Council’s mission statement declares that this area of West Cumbria is a great place to live, work, visit and do business. Allerdale Investment Partnership aims to give this special place an even brighter future.
When will the projects commence?
The projects have already commenced.
How many jobs will be created?
Whilst it is difficult to give precise figures, we envisage that a number of jobs will be created in every project undertaken by the Allerdale Investment Partnership. Significant local employment opportunities will be generated during both the construction phase and subsequently in any commercial and retail developments undertaken as new businesses move in.
With the certainty of new business, there can be better planning of local employment and training opportunities with job centres, as well as improved links with schools and training providers.
Will the projects be environmentally sustainable?
The Allerdale Investment Partnership is committed to high standards of environmental sustainability throughout the whole design process to ensure protection and enhancement of the built and natural environment.
The projects will be planned from the outset to foresee and mitigate any potential adverse environmental impact. The projects are, and will continue to be, the subject of scrutiny by statutory bodies including environmental protection agencies. The new build works will be of a high design quality in keeping with the location and will comply with modern standards of environmental sustainability.
How can you find out more about the projects?
Each project will have its details listed on this website as and when they become available.
Please check back here regularly for more information.
Allerdale Investment Partnership takes its commitment to environmental and sustainable stewardship very seriously.
Just as sustainable communities depend on a strong and healthy global environment to thrive, AIP’s purpose is inextricably interlinked with the health and sustainability of the economies and communities we plan to develop.
We want to develop modern, creative and meaningful projects, while addressing the critical environmental issues that can arise when assembling and developing land. We understand that sustainable economic development involves protecting natural resources such as fresh water, grasslands, wetlands, coasts, forests and clean air.
Our challenge is to expertly plan and manage the competing demands of a successful development without an adverse impact on the environment, while balancing that with the long term needs of our partners, investors and clients.
The following principles underpin the work carried out by the Allerdale Investment Partnership.
Allerdale Borough Council and the GB Strategic Land Fund are equal partners in the Allerdale Investment Partnership.
Both partners will have an equal say in the decision making and governance processes.
The Partnership will arrange and manage appropriate exits to operators to deliver housing, food or other retail, commercial or employment opportunities.
The Partnership will be able to enhance sites or meet strategic community objectives to ensure that a borough or town continues to be an attractive and sustainable place ‘to live, work and play’ and meets the needs of families and employers.
The primary business of the Partnership can be said to be supporting the delivery of the Council Plan (and other specific Council priorities from year to year), through the delivery of land investment plans.
Over the life of the Partnership further sites and opportunities will be identified and benefits realised.
In this section we will outline those principles which underpin the work carried out by the Allerdale Investment Partnership. We will also share with you our Environmental Stewardship policy and answer some frequently asked questions. The foundation of how we operate demands meaningful relationships with the public and communities whose interests we serve.