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F5 – ‘Great Place: Lakes and Dales’

Through ‘Great Place: Lakes and Dales’ deliver a programme of research and investment in local culture, arts and heritage so as to retain and attract younger people and businesses to the rural corridor linking Skipton to Grasmere.

How are we doing on this objective


Great Place Lakes and Dales’ core activity was due to be implemented in 2020 but had to quickly be reconfigured and replanned in context of ongoing pandemic and Covid restrictions. An extension for phase one of the programme was agreed from August 2020 to the end of May 2021 and signposting and supporting GPLD’s young creatives and local businesses immediately took precedence.

All remaining activity was delivered digitally or safely within the current guidelines, including:
• Aerial word and sounds festival
• The Fold cultural co-design pop ups and consultation with young people; and,
• Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival.

Phase one is now complete. Since 2018 more than 1,400 individuals have engaged with the programme as creators or participants, and a further 6,000+ as audiences of new work produced.

Rationale: The National Park has a disproportionately low number of younger, working age people (18-44).  Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded Craven and South Lakeland District Councils £1.34 million for a project to boost the local economy through celebrating local culture, arts and heritage.  The project is focused on the rural corridor linking Skipton in the south to Grasmere in the north, including the market towns and rural hinterlands, extending into the western side of the National Park.

Lead partner:  Craven District Council;

Supporting partners:  South Lakeland District Council; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Chrysalis Arts; Grassington Festival;

Further information:  Lakes and Dales;

Cost over 5 years:  £1,400,000

Funding shortfall:   None

Related objectives:  A7; A9; E2; E5; E6; E7; F1; F2; F6

Ecosystem services:  Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history

Trade-offs:  Attracting more residents and developing housing, new infrastructure and new business will all have potential impacts on the environment and existing amenities in the National Park. These will be identified and moderated through the application of the policies set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan.

Baseline: ‘Great Place: Lakes and Dales’ was launched in August 2017.