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Chancellor backs Morecambe's 'Eden' project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is one of Europe's top biodiversity reserves. Photo: ITV News

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 Cornwall contributed £2 billion to the local economy Credit: ITV News

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.

I am delighted that the Chancellor has backed me and our area by giving his support for Eden. This is now the start of the Eden Project becoming a reality in Morecambe and Lunesdale."

– Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris