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Will proposed Superstore traffic appeal to City Planners?

A planning appeal is currently underway at Lancaster Town Hall to consider revised plans for a major development by Countryside Estates (CE), comprising a Superstore, hotel, pub, garage and 500-space carpark at Scotforth, on fields west of the A6 and south of the Boot Shoe.

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

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

Freeman's Wood: Can it be saved?

Shocked by the erection of a large metal fence around Freeman's Wood in Lancaster, campaigners trying to save the land for the public are urging human users of the wood to take action by backing the Council's Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) there.

Freeman's Wood under development threat?

Lancastrians have reacted angrily to the news that Freeman's Wood - long open to the public and popular with walkers, bikers and bird watchers - is being fenced off by landowners The Property Trust, a Bermuda-based company headed by a Hong Kong businessman.

Potential Housing Sites Report Published

Lancaster City Council has published its most comprehensive assessment of housing opportunities ever undertaken across the district, initially identifying over 500 potential sites but narrowing those to just over 100.

"Roads Bring Jobs" Claims debunked as Chamber of Commerce pushes for Bypass again

Campaigners against the proposed M6 Link Road have savaged claims made by Lancaster's Chamber of Commerce that the Bypass would bring new jobs to the area - or stop jobs being lost.

Coronation Field developer's next target?

(Updated 15th March) As outrage grows over the actions the Property Trust and its destruction of trees in Freeman's Wood on Lancaster's Marsh, despite legally-binding Tree Preservation Orders (see news story), it seems law-breaking is just a sideline when it comes to the company's full plan for massive development of the area, including Coronation Field - plans local councillors say they have not...

Could Morecambe trains Go Electric again?

An electric train at Morecambe Promenade station in 1964. Photo, featured in "Little" North Western Railway, courtesy Martin Bairstow. Used with permission The possibility of the Morecambe line being included in the proposed North West Railway Electrification Scheme was raised at the City Council meeting earlier this month.

Canal Corridor Inquiry closes

The Inquiry into the Centros plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor closed last week with a final decision on the proposals due in the next few months. Most of the Inquiry time in the final week was taken up by personal statements from members of the public and from local councillors arguing against the plans.

Consultation on future of Lunesdale East development announced

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.

Coastline Plan Consultation Begins

Lancaster City Council has begun a consultation on management plans for the local coastline, working with North West England and North Wales Coastal Group, the Environment Agency and other organisations.

Heysham M6 Link decision in March

The government has confirmed a decision on the Heysham M6 Link will be made by March.

Luneside East: The Cost So Far

Lancaster City Council has spent over £13 million on the stalled Luneside East development project to rejuvenate St. Georges Quay, virtual-lancaster has learned. It also faces the remote possibility that some £2.5 million might need to be refunded.

Dismay as Tesco finally comes to town

An photograph of the artist's impression of Lancaster's new Travelodge, courtesy of Tim Hamilton-Cox.When local businesses go under now that Tesco have finally got their way and will open a Metro store in Lancaster, remember it was Councillor Roger Sherlock who proposed approving their plans - united with fellow Labour councillors and Conservative and Liberal Democrat colleagues at this week's...

Asco faces winding-up petition for £25k unpaid bill

The supermarket 'chain' being courted by Lancaster City Council to take over Lancaster's market building, ASCO Stores Ltd has had a winding-up petition lodged against it by Evolve Group who claim Asco has failed to pay a £25,000 bill due three months ago, according to a report by Crains.

Bypass decision by March 2013?

An announcement of the decision on the highly controversial Heysham–M6 Link Road road will probably be made in March 2013. The Public Examination into the proposed road closed on the 20th September and Examiner Mr Peter Robottom now has three months to prepare his report to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.

Scotforth Residents see Red over Supermarket plans

Protestors will be gathering in Scotforth tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 11th March) to campaign against two proposed out-of-town supermarkets -- which would create a traffic nightmare for residents and suck trade from the city centre.

£16 billion should not be spent on high speed rail, says local Green

Image: Birmingham Chamber of CommerceWhen the Green Party conference came out overwhelmingly against the HS2 proposal for a Birmingham-London 250 mph train earlier this week, Lancaster Green Councillor John Whitelegg was at the centre of the debate.

Nuclear "Smoke and Mirrors" in Lancaster

Lancaster Town Hall recently played host to some very clever nuclear smoke and mirrors from the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the form of a slick travelling exhibition promoting extensive new nuclear build at Heysham.

Conservation area proposals go out to consultation

Lancaster City Council has launched a consultation into plans to help further protect the district’s unique character and history. Last year the council launched an indepth review to see if parts of Carnforth and Lancaster’s Cannon Hill should be designated as conservation areas.