New Board Appointment for Kendal Futures

Kendal Futures, the private/public sector regeneration partnership, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Noel Farrer, a local landscape architect and masterplanner with a national reputation.

Noel, Founder and Director of Farrer Huxley, was appointed to the voluntary position at the partnership’s November meeting and has now also become a Director of the Kendal Futures CIC.

Farrer Huxley, working with placemakers JTP, were the consultancy team behind the Kendal Vision which was published in March 2020.  The Vision is a call to embrace change, new ideas and innovation and inspire a vibrant and successful future for the Kendal.  It was commissioned with funding from several of the town’s major employers, landowners and private sector businesses, and the process included an intensive process of engagement with local people.

The Kendal Vision has just been awarded over £500,000 of investment from South Lakeland District Council over the next three years.

Noel Farrer, who lives in Meathop, is an accomplished landscape architect, masterplanner and strategist with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.  Alongside his work at Farrer Huxley, Noel is past President of the Landscape Institute, where he is also a Fellow and past Chair of Policy. He sits on a number of Design Review panels, is a Design Council Building Environment Expert and has previously been a Board Member of the Construction Industry Council.

Noel said: “I am delighted to join Kendal Futures and support the board, partners and all those interested in making Kendal an even better place. Landscape and creating high quality environments for all are vitally important and create sustainable local communities and vibrant towns.  The Vision identifies the scale of challenge that Kendal faces and the level of aspiration from local people and it’s fantastic to be in a position to help shape real change.”

Mark Cropper, Chair of Kendal Futures said: “Local people shared their aspirations and vision for the town with us, and we are keen to continue to involve them. We know we have a huge task ahead of us, but working with our partners and experienced board members, we are in an ideal position to create positive change for Kendal.  Noel’s experience and passion for Kendal will be a huge benefit to us all.”

Kendal Business Improvement District has also appointed Nick Pitt as it’s representative on the Kendal Futures Board.  Nick, who is Regional Centre Manager for Praxis Real Estate Management (owners of the Westmorland Shopping Centre), replaces Brian Harrison on the Kendal Futures Board who has retired after many years of service to the town.

For full details of the Kendal Futures Board see About Us.