Lancaster City Council is describing new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor development as essential to the city's future.
As we previously reported, a revised development agreement for the Canal Corridor North site in Lancaster was approved by the Council at last week's Full Council meeting, paving the way for the development of this area of Lancaster by the council's appointed Developer, Centros.
"The Canal Corridor North site is key for the renaissance of Lancaster and the wider district," argues Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of the Council.
“It is in urgent need of regeneration and if we don’t develop the area we risk falling behind other towns and cities in the north west.
“Centros has produced a new masterplan for the area, which takes account of the views of English Heritage.
“But it’s important to remember that the masterplan is currently only a draft – no formal planning application has been submitted. There will be plenty of opportunities for the public to get involved both before and during the planning process.
“Under the revised terms of the development agreement, the council will require Centros to consult with a wide spectrum of identified consultees (as well as all necessary statutory consultees under the Planning Acts) on the masterplan prior to submitting any formal planning application for the site.
“Once a planning application is submitted, a further consultation will be undertaken by the council, as it does with any major planning applications, allowing a further period of time for people to have their say on the final plans.”
Campaigners It's Our City, who challenged earlier plans, remain cautious about developers Centros, arguing there has never been an open process for selecting a developer for this site and that Centros have been given an unfair advantage by the Council.