Thursday, 11 December 2014

New housing development at Lancaster Leisure Park gets the go ahead

Lancaster Leisure Park


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce reports that exactly 12 years ago to the day, Lancaster Leisure Park revealed proposals for a new housing development on the site.  Today, they 'can finally reveal that planning permission has been granted by Lancaster City Council and within the next three years, Miller Homes will build a total of 71 dwellings on the former Hornsea Pottery site.'

GB Properties purchased Lancaster Leisure Park in 1998.  Since then, the site has seen a number of changes and has received considerable investment from the owners and tenants on the site.

Now boasting 8 attractions, including GB Antiques Centre, the biggest indoor antiques and furniture centre in the country and Lancaster Brewery, part of Lancaster Leisure Park will be used for housing.

Allan Blackburn, owner of the site explained, "I've always wanted a mixture of affordable and luxury housing on this site and now 12 years to the day, since we first applied for planning, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that the building can now go ahead".

Over the years, different plans had been submitted and for various reasons not passed. This time no-one has legally objected under Section 106 and the planning permission that was passed in June, is now in place.

The project is expected to take 3 years to complete. There will be 71 dwellings in total with 30% affordable housing. The estate will be made up of 12 two bedroom flats and apartments, and 59 two, three and four bedroom houses, all of which are to be energy efficient and eco friendly.

Part of the work in preparation for the houses to be built, is a complete revamp of Lancaster Leisure Park's drives and car parking facilities. The first thing to go will be the old go kart track, which will be tarmac-ed along with all the drives and car parks.  Car parking spaces will be marked out and numbered, and there will be double the amount of disabled parking. In order to get the main services to the housing plots, the main drive will need to be dug up.

Allan continued, "Obviously, there is going to be a lot of disruption early on in this process, but I want to reassure all our visitors that we will do all we can to improve access to our attractions whilst the work is taking place. A temporary entrance will be made where the overflow car park is at the moment.  All the attractions will be open as normal, and there will still be plenty of parking; we would just ask visitors to bear with us for the next few weeks.  It's a very exciting time and this project brings so many improvements to the site which will benefit every single one of our visitors".

Once the drive ways and new car parks have been finished and all the preparatory work completed, the actual houses will start to be built in the spring.  A new restaurant is also planned for 2015.

For further information please contact Kate Bowyer on kate@dandkbowyer.co.uk or 0776 2322 111.



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