Lancaster housing scheme gets the go-ahead

Plans: Lancaster Leisure Park
Plans: Lancaster Leisure Park
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Planning permission has been granted for dozens of homes to be built at Lancaster Leisure Park.

Lancaster City Council has approved the plans first mooted 12 years ago.

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 massive investments from the owners and tenants.

Now boasting eight attractions, including GB Antiques Centre, part of Lancaster Leisure Park will be used for housing.

Allan Blackburn, owner of the site, said: “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 planning permission is now in place.

The project is estimated to take three years to complete.

There will be 71 homes in total with 30 per cent affordable housing.

The estate will be made up of 12 two bedroom flats and apartments, and 59 two, three and four bedroom houses.

Part of the work in preparation for the houses to be built, is a complete revamp of drives and car parking facilities.

The first thing to go is the old go- kart track.

Car parking spaces will be marked out and numbered, and the work will result in double the amount of disabled parking.

Allan added: “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.”

Other new attractions planned include a new restaurant.