Carlisle council unveils civic centre department store plan

Artist's impression Image copyright Carlisle City Council
Image caption An artist's impression of how the development may look

Plans to knock down Carlisle's civic centre to make way for a new retail development have been unveiled by the council.

Carlisle City Council wants to build a 200,000 sq ft department store and a number of shops and restaurants on the site of the 50-year-old civic centre.

However, the proposal would also mean knocking down several nearby houses.

The council said it was a "big decision" and it was "very keen" to reduce the impact on residents.

If the plans are approved, the demolishing of the civic centre's high-rise tower would mean the council having to find a new headquarters.

The move is part of the Labour-run council's plans from 2015-2030 to improve "retail growth" in the city.

John Stevenson, the Conservative MP for Carlisle, said any plan had to be "realistic and sustainable".

He said: "I think in regards to the Civic Centre, it has always been considered an eyesore locally and any plans to knock it down would be supported by the local community."

A public consultation begins on Monday and runs until 1 September.

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