Plans to transform Morecambe with its own 'Eden' project - have received the official backing from the Chancellor in the budget
Phillip Hammond pledged £100,000 to support the development in the Lancashire seaside resort, led by Eden Project International.
It would follow in the footsteps of the Cornish tourist attraction, which is one of Europe's top biodiversity reserves, with thousands of plant species housed in a series of giant domes.
Eden in Morecambe would be designed to regenerate the area socially, economically and environmentally.
Eden in Cornwall has attracted more than 20 million visitors since it opened in 2001.
"I am elated. I have been to see the Chancellor on a number of occasions about this project and had asked for some initial funding to help the project progress.