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Lancaster Vision group welcome Bailrigg Garden Village plan, calls for design competition

17/1/17: 17/01/17 The concept plan for Bailrigg Garden Village Lancaster Vision, a group attached to Lancaster Civic Society, has welcomed the go ahead for a new Garden Village centred on Bailrigg - and has suggested a competition for architects and designers to come up with a Masterplan for its look.

Time to have your say on Lancaster University’s future

19/12/16: Plans for the development of Lancaster University to 2020 and beyond, including exciting key projects such as the Health Innovation Campus, will be shared with the community in January. Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E.

M6 Link no "Magic Bullet" when it comes to new business, we have to "Think Big", urges Seatruck boss

3/11/16: Seatruck CEO Alistair EaglesHot on the heels of the opening of the Bay Gateway earlier this week, Alistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck Ferries, one of the companies set to benefit the most from the new M6 Link, has called on locals to not sit back and be content simply with less congestion, and think big when it comes to the area's future.

HS2 Route threatens ancient woodlands

14/10/16: Photo: WTMLAs if the much-despised plans to frack Lancashire weren't bad enough in the government's bid to industrialise our countryside, the ridiculously-expensive HS2 train line looks to threaten the future of some of the North West's ancient and much-loved woodlands, quite apart from the disruption it threatens to communities along the planned, contested route.

Green Party Councillor Exposes developer British Land's Tax Haven Dealings

22/4/16: A Green Party councillor is challenging Lancaster City Council on its dealing with Canal Corridor developer British Land, after discovering its links with an offshore tax haven. Green PartyCouncillor Tim Hamilton-Coxt has researched developer British Land and found it is holding its Canal Corridor property in the offshore tax haven of Jersey.

Affordable Homes come under the spotlight at The Globe

8/2/16: If you're on the lookout for a more affordable home to rent this year, then an event taking place at The Globe Arena in Morecambe this week might be right up your street. With new social housing developments springing up in Lancaster and Morecambe, there’s never been a better time to apply for a new place to live via the district’s housing register.

Lancaster "blighted" by inaction on Canal Corridor site, says Lancaster Vision

21/12/15: Disused Mitchell's Brewery building Image courtesy British LandWith no news on its development in sight, many fear Lancaster's centre is blighted by the vacant Canal Corridor North site. Now, Lancaster Vision is arguing for a high-quality mixed development on the site: retail, housing and cultural buildings.

Consultation on future of transport in Lancaster includes alternatives suggested by M6 Link opponents

19/3/15: An ambitious new transport plan for Lancaster could see the city transformed over coming decades, with much less traffic, no city centre one-way system, and much greater use of sustainable transport such as park-and-ride buses and cycling.

Appeal to Back Your Favourite local Green Spaces

16/3/15: Ryelands Park. Photo: John FreemanLancaster City Council is asking local residents to nominate areas of green and open space within the district which are most important to them. Green spaces could be valuable to the community because of the wildlife they are home to, their beauty, their cultural or heritage significance, the tranquility they provide or their recreational value.

Friends of the Earth film reveal passionate opposition to Fracking across Lancashire

16/1/15: Take Action Now. Keep Lancashire Frack Free. from Friends of the Earth EWNI on Vimeo. Friends of the Earth has releaseda video documenting the views of Lancashire people on fracking, as part of its long campaign to stop fracking in the County, which is now at a crucial moment.

Local pressure mounts for Infrastructure Bill changes that will speed fracking and remove local input on major planning projects

12/1/15: A Mass Lobby of Parliament to protest at the Infrastructure Bill now making its way through the Commons will take place on 14th January - and many local campaigners will be at the protest.

Alarm bells ring as "Infrastructure Bill" sneaks easier loss of protection for public rights of way into law

16/6/14: More power stations? Simplez, thanks to new legislation on its way Local people already concerned at how flawed the planning process is - especially as new housing schemes in Lancaster come under investigation and with plans in the works for a third nuclear power station at Heysham may be alarmed to hear that, in future, there will be little that can be done to stop some of them.

Luneside residents win embankment victory

29/5/14: Persimmon Homes have now submitted an amended planning application for Luneside East. Their revised plan for 149 dwellings off Lancaster's St George's Quay now retains the embankment, which the developer originally proposed removing and has also withdrawn the proposal for direct vehicular access to Long Marsh Lane, keeping a pedestrian and cycle path instead.

Luneside East Planning Application breaks promises, residents claim

8/4/14: Aerial view of the site as shown in the application documents Residents in the Long Marsh Lane areas of Lancaster are campaigning to hold the City Council to keeping a long-standing promise to the local community - and reject a planning application submitted recently by Luneside East developers Persimmon Homes.

County Council allays fears over M6 clearance works

17/2/14: Work proceeds apace on the M6 Link near Halton Army Camp. Photo: Leslie GrahamAfter concerns were raised about the amount of tree felling and other clearance work by developers Costain along the route of the M6 link, Lancashire County Council has sought to reassure locals about its long term impact.

Council considering plans to convert St Leonard’s House into student/young worker accommodation

28/1/14: Lancaster City Council has issued a full statement on its ongoing discussion about the future of St. Leonard's House, confirming that proposals to convert St Leonard’s House in Lancaster into student/young worker accommodation have been given the green light to progress to the next stage.

Future plans for St Leonards House go before Cabinet today

21/1/14: Lancaster City Council's Cabinet is meeting today and will consider the future of St Leonard's House on St Leonardgate.

Moorlands Hotel set to become flats?

23/12/13: Moorlands Hotel, Freehold, Lancaster Updated: To the dismay of many (but, clearly, not enough to keep it open) the Moorlands Hotel in Lancaster's Freehold closed a few months ago and was sold to Mister Capitol Holdings by owners Mitchells. MCH plan to turn it into flats.

Pri-Market one step closer?

30/11/13: Allied Lancaster Ltd, owner of Marketgate Shopping Centre, are seeking permission redevelop and partly demolish Lancaster Market to create what would be the city’s biggest single retail unit, unless or until the Canal Corridor scheme goes ahead.

Lancaster MP Backs HS2, despite concerns it might cost Lancaster economy up to £45 milliion in lost business

1/11/13: Despite recently revealed figures which indicate Lancaster may lose out if the controversial HS2 rail link is built, the plan continues to earn the support of its MP, Eric Ollerenshaw.

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