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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.

Luneside East Planning Application breaks promises, residents claim

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.

Luneside residents win embankment victory

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Lancaster's St George's Quay now retains the embankment, which the developer originally proposed removing and has also withdrawn the proposal for direct vehicular access to Long Marsh Lane, keeping a pedestrian and cycle path instead.

Lancaster Market move to Museum building - 'investigations' continue

Despite intense opposition to the proposal, Lancaster City Council is to press ahead with its investigation into a plan to move Lancaster Market to the Museum building in Market Square.

Link Road Reasoning Ripped to Shreds in new hearings

Hearings into the Heysham M6 Link Road have revealed that the justification for the scheme has been shot to pieces. The Examination, which has been running for some weeks now, is being conducted by Mr Robottom, the Examiner for the new planning body, the National Infrastructure Directorate or NID, previously IPC.

Hala Estate to get a makeover, Open Day announced

A possible design for a new play area which Hala Community Group will be on hand to tell residents more about at a planned Open Day. More designs on the group's Facebook pageLancaster City Council and its partner contractor Forrest will be carrying out major improvement work on Lancaster's Hala Estate, and will be holding an open day for residents to find out more.

Lancaster City Council renews backing for Centros development deal

Lancaster City Council has voted to renew and extend its Development Agreement with Centros, the company proposing a major revamp of the city's "Canal Corridor". The Council voted by 38 votes to 11 to renew the Development Agreement with Centros at Full Council on Wednesday, the motion opposed by Green councillors and some others.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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...

Freeman's Wood: the fight continues

Campaigners seeking to stop Freeman's Wood from being bulldozed are stepping up their campaign. There was outrage earlier in the year when developers fenced off previously public accessible land near the Marsh (see news story) and began to destroy trees and and other fauna, breaking Council Tree Preservation Orders and potentially exposing buried asbestos on the site.

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...

Register to speak on Centros applications

A special meeting of Lancaster City Council's planning committee will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week (October 13 and 14) to discuss the plans for the redevelopment of the Canal Corridor site in Lancaster by Centros.

Moorlands Hotel set to become flats?

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.

Halton's Eco-housing scheme Gets Go-Ahead

Members of local community group Lancaster Cohousing are celebrating after Lancaster City Council's planning committee approved their plans to redevelop a 2.5 hectare derelict site by the River Lune at Halton, near Lancaster, to provide 40 new private homes, shared indoor and outdoor space and managed business space.

Last chance to have your say on draft Local Development Plan

Lancaster City Council’s consultation on a new draft Local Development Plan for the district is due to end on Friday 14th December.

Morecambe Area Action Plan brings new vision for the seaside town

Plans to encourage people to stay longer and spend more in central Morecambe are at the heart of the new Morecambe Area Action Plan approved by Lancaster City councillors yesterday. The project is the culmination of three years close working with the community to come up with a plan for central Morecambe that can be delivered and will make a difference.

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.