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Consultation on future of Lunesdale East development announced

John Freeman
Lancaster City Council is asking residents living in and around the Luneside East area of Lancaster for their views on how the site should be redeveloped.

The council has been working to bring forward a redevelopment of the Luneside East site for almost ten years, which could see the creation of a new mixed use neighbourhood with housing, offices, local shops, new high quality open spaces, walking and cycling routes and could include leisure outlets.

In the early stages of the project, the local community was consulted, and people’s views helped shape the development proposals.

To make way for this and after securing funding, the council acquired the site and removed the operational gasholder.

However, following the banking crisis in 2008, adverse market conditions meant that the council’s chosen developer (CTP Ltd with Development Securities plc) was unable to proceed.

"Even though the project to regenerate this largely vacant and derelict area has been affected by the economic downturn, the council has continued to work with its developer and funders to find a way forward," feels Coun Abbott Bryning, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, "and believes that there is now a real prospect of getting a first phase of commercial development underway."

Residents in the area have been invited to two drop-in sessions where they can ask questions and give the council their views.

These are taking place on Tuesday 25th January from 1.30pm to 5.00pm in the Marsh Community Centre, Willow Lane, Lancaster and on Monday 31st January from 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the Friends’ Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.