Allerdale is to receive a funding boost of more than £10m which will create 360 jobs and improve one of the district's major roads.

The Government has allocated the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership £10.5m, which will be used to support two projects in the district.

The projects have been prioritised to receive investment from the Getting Building Fund to create new jobs and deliver improved connectivity in the area.

Firstly, a Vertical Farming Centre of Excellence at Lillyhall in Allerdale will create one of the largest integrated vertical farming operations in the UK.

Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers, with the aim of producing more food by using less land.

The centre at Lillyhall will create 360 new jobs.

Secondly, a further £5m will be invested to deliver road improvements on the A595 at Bothel.

The scheme will enable junction enhancements at Bothel/Torpenhow as well as preliminary works to enable a larger project that will deliver climbing lanes and broader route alignment.

Mark Jenkinson, the Conservative MP for Workington, said: “I am delighted to see such large investment in my constituency and I welcome the assistance provided by Cumbria LEP and Central Government which has enabled such a large amount of private investment to be unlocked."