In today’s budget (3rd March) the Chancellor’s red book announced the awaited criteria for the Levelling Up fund. David Morris MP has been awaiting this announcement following discussions with Communities and Local Government Minister Luke Hall and Treasury Ministers on funding for Eden Project North.
Following the Budget today David Morris MP said:
‘Eden Project North is a step closer today as the applications for the levelling up fund are now open. Since the Eden Project submitted their business case I have been engaged in meetings with Minister Luke Hall and various Treasury Ministers to secure funding for the project and was signposted to the levelling up fund. In my adjournment debate of the 10th February Minister Luke Hall confirmed that Eden Project North would be exactly the kind of Project that would fit the Levelling Up fund agenda.
Eden Project North is unique, it is shovel ready and already has strong local support with the backing of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council Eden Project North is the single best project to level up not just the Lancaster District but the whole of the North West.
Now the full criteria has been released I will be having further meetings with Treasury Ministers, Department for Communities Housing and Local Government Ministers with Eden to progress the application for the fund and will be able to update people more once our application for this funding has been submitted.’