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Support for dock regeneration plan
BAE shipyards in Barrow
The plans are part of plans to end the town's reliance on the shipyard
Plans for a major regeneration of Barrow docks have won support.

A 400-acre site covering Barrow Port and Barrow Island has been earmarked for the 100m project which aims to create jobs and attract investment to the town.

People in the town had a chance to look at the plans and give their feedback.

The blueprint include an Innovation Park, residential development, cruise ship terminal, marina and leisure and sports facilities.

More than 1,300 looked at the plans over three days and 254 feedback forms were received. Of those 46% said they strongly agreed with the plans, 52% were generally supportive, 1% were not supportive and 1% strongly not supportive.

Mike Baker, from the urban regeneration company West Lakes Renaissance, said: "It is very encouraging that so many people have come out in favour of the proposal that we have put forward.

"But we do take sensible and real concerns very seriously and we will be speaking with people who do have concerns.

Cruise ships

"It is mainly people who either live near or work in areas that will be affected by the proposals. We will be talking to them and working through their concerns and hoping to come up with solutions that benefit everybody."

Among the concerns raised have been the potential loss of Barrow Island allotments. Other worries are whether planned housing will be affordable to local people and whether cruise passengers will actually visit Barrow and bring in revenue.

Mr Baker said it may be a year or two before any real activity starts although work on extension to the promenade walkway has already started.

A feasibility study is also due to be carried out into Walney Island airfield.

The plans for Barrow are part of plans to end the town's reliance on the shipyard.

It comes after BAE Systems announced last year it was laying off 700 workers and moving the programme to build Type 45 Destroyers from the Barrow shipyard to the Clyde.

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