Workington has taken a step closer towards the realisation of a transformative £25 million project set to change the face of the town.

The final submission for the town’s plans for a maximum of £25m in Government funding is now set to go, once the last consultations involving Allerdale Council leaders have been completed.

It was agreed on Wednesday by the council's executive to endorse the plans set to be submitted as part of the Workington Town Deal.

This is an opportunity for Workington to receive a share of the £3.6bn Towns Fund, a Government initiative aiming to ramp up economic growth in more than 100 towns and small cities across the country by investing in regeneration or development projects.

After months of consultation with businesses and residents, a final plan was agreed by the Workington Town Deal Board, which was set up to advise Allerdale Council on the submission to Government.

On Wednesday, council leaders agreed to approve in principle the final plans, and delegate the submission of the proposal to the chief executive and deputy leader of the council following final consultations with the board’s chairman.

Should the Government approve of the plans submitted by the council, Workington could be set to receive up to £25m to realise a number of large-scale projects.

This includes the ambitious plan to create a "sports village," with a shared stadium for Workington Town and Reds, and developing a "logistics and clean energy hub'"at the Port of Workington.

The plans also include creating an innovation and co-working centre to share skills and provide a space for start-up businesses, redeveloping the former opera house site in the town centre, developing a “digital skills programme” for the town, improving access from the train station to the town centre, and connecting the Lower Derwent Valley to the town centre in order to increase retail footfall.

The council's deputy leader Mike Johnson said that should the plans be realised, it will “have a big impact on the wider west Cumbria area as a whole," not just Workington.

“This is a real opportunity for the town,” he added.

He thanked the hundreds of Workington residents who had shared their thoughts on the plans and who contributed ideas in the early stages of the planning process.

“These were extremely useful and helped the board narrow down the options,” he said.

Mr Johnson added that he was particularly thankful to the many Workington Reds and Workington Town fans who have enthusiastically supported the proposals for a new shared stadium.

He said that the fans of the two teams “have really got behind the proposal, and promoted the plans for a sports village.”

“If we can make this happen, it will be a huge asset to the town and the wider community of Allerdale and west Cumbria.”

Now the executive have endorsed the plans, they will be finalised and are set to be sent off for consideration by Government later this month.