New homes hold key to science park

Land for development north of Bailrigg Lane in Lancaster.

Land for development north of Bailrigg Lane in Lancaster.

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A NEW housing development south of Lancaster could play a vital role in delivering a proposed science park expected to create 1,100 jobs.

When Lancaster City Council last year asked landowners to suggest possible new housing and employment sites, a 46 hectare greenfield site north of Bailrigg Lane, Bailrigg, was put forward.

Now, the council is investigating whether housing there could unlock funding to help deliver the neighbouring 34,000 square metres science park, which received outline planning permission in 2009.

The park scheme, which has been delayed by the economic downturn, also involves Lancaster University and would house technology and knowledge-based businesses and an innovation centre.

It would share an access with any possible housing development.

So council chiefs are investigating whether a future housing developer could build either the access road or any site infrastructure.

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-01-12) for full story.