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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

Progress: Through initiatives such as the ‘Play Work Stay’ residential, ‘Innovate Your Offer’ workshops and ‘A Future for Culture’ cultural democracy learning programme, the Great Place Lakes and Dales project continued to offer group and individual support and guidance, developing knowledge and confidence to help local young people connect, create and sustain skills for future careers and wellbeing.

Projects supporting and connecting with young people – such as The Fold, Folded Zine, Fresh Perspective and the Branching out and Acorn funding schemes – provided opportunities for young people to develop creative careers.

Many of the original high-level programme aims have now been achieved. All the learning from phase one is being integrated into the delivery of current projects, including ‘Nurturing Creativity’ to help encourage change in the Lakes and Dales and champion young voices.

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.