D-Day looms for rival store plans

An artist's impression of the CEP pub/restaurant and supermarket looking south on Scotforth Road.
An artist's impression of the CEP pub/restaurant and supermarket looking south on Scotforth Road.
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PLANS for two new supermarkets off the A6 at Scotforth will go before city councillors on Tuesday.

Consultants Whyte Young Green are advising Lancaster City Council’s planning committee to back detailed plans by Booths to relocate to a new 3,230 sq metre store on council-owned greenfield land at Lawson’s Bridge.

But they are again recommending refusal of outline proposals by Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) for a larger 24-hour store on nearby land it bought from farmer David Townley in November.

Councillors deferred a decision on that scheme in January to allow them to consider extra information submitted by the applicant.

CEP’s proposal, for a site between Scotforth Road and the West Coast Main Line near the former Lancaster Garages site, includes a 7,250 sq metre store plus a petrol station, a 50-bed hotel with a pub and restaurant and a 500-space car park.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-04-11) for full story.