A MAJOR scheme to renew areas of housing in Barrow could be on the cards as part of an ambitious bid to secure £25 million in government funding.
Housing Renewal could see a range of improvements carried out to homes in key areas of the town, changing the way they look and helping to make sure they match the needs of residents for the future.
It is one of seven shortlisted projects that make up #BrilliantBarrow.
Part of the #MyTown initiative, they cover everything from a new Learning Quarter for Barrow offering a range of further and higher education courses to resilience hubs and vital work to unlock the long-hoped-for Marina Village development.
Councillor Ann Thomson, Barrow Borough Council leader and member of the Towns Deal Board, said: “This is a very exciting proposal and one that could provide benefits for our communities for a long time to come.
“The way we live has changed so it’s important that we make sure the properties we have here in Barrow change with the times too.
“Community input into the design of the improvements would be key. But a project like this would also bring great opportunities for training and learning activities, equipping those who take part with skills they can use for life.”
A detailed business case is being developed to support the Housing Renewal scheme which could be focussed on properties on Barrow Island, Walney, Hindpool and Central wards.
The work would include a mix of refurbishment and redevelopment of housing stock, aesthetic improvements to homes and public spaces and the chance to create accommodation to meet the needs of different occupiers.
Complimentary training programmes could be offered alongside the work.
A workshop is being held for Barrow Borough and Cumbria County Councillors in the area in order to gain feedback on the proposals so far.
Meanwhile, residents can share their own views via brilliantbarrow.org.uk and clicking Have Your Say.
Barrow is one of 100 towns selected to bid for government funding to carry out once-in-a-generation improvements and projects to transform the town for the future.