A FORMER car garage at the “gateway to Lancaster” is on the market for £1m after its owner said he was forced into putting it up for sale.
The Old Filter House on the A6 near Scotforth – formerly Lancaster City Garages – has been empty since 2005 and a number of planning applications have been refused by Lancaster City Council.
Businessman William Mason, who owns the building, said he would not be investing in the city any more and claims the council has a vendetta against him.
In February 2010, Mr Mason was refused permission to turn the building into a furniture and carpet shop after planning officers told the council’s planning committee that the authority’s policy was to direct retail developments into the city centre.
Earlier this year the council approved plans for a Booths store on its own land further along the A6.
“I’ve never done anything wrong to the council, I pay my rates, I don’t owe them a penny, but it feels like they’ve got a vendetta against me,” said Mr Mason, 55, from Bolton-le-Sands.”
See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.