A new boutique hotel and restaurant could be on the cards for Carlisle, as Cumbria County Council has submitted a plan to transform some of the city’s most historic buildings.
The proposal, which is asking for £6.5m from government funding, would see the development of the Citadel buildings that will become empty when the company moves to new headquarters.
The buildings would be revamped into a number of new ventures including a hotel, restaurants, a supermarket, other shops and flats.
Although council officials stressed that the plans were in the early stage, local business leaders have said the scheme could make ‘a huge difference’ for Carlisle.
Officers from Carlisle City Council have supported the county council with its application.
A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “While there is great potential it’s still very early days for this long- term project. A business case has been submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership, which will be considered at a meeting later in April.
“If approved it will proceed to the next stage and we’d hope a final decision would be made some time in the summer. A total of £6.5m is being requested.
“The range of potential end uses is only indicative at this stage; it’s far too early to say what would be actually developed.”