Housing bid at former factory

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Plans for up to 130 new homes on the site of a former factory in Lancaster are currently being prepared by developers.

Barratt Homes is expected to put in a planning application for 120-130 new homes to be built on land at Nightingale Hall Farm, off Quernmore Road.

The plans include a mix of detached, semi-detached and mews terrace house, with a number of properties being designated as “affordable”.

The land is currently owned by Fats and Proteins Ltd, but has been advertised for sale.

The main access to the site, a former meat rendering factory, is from Quernmore Road, but the company said it was investigating the possibility of creating separate links for pedestrians and cyclists from Derwent Road.

Barratt Homes held a public exhibition at the Lancaster Cathedral Social Centre last month, and also sent out a brochure to nearby residents.

In 2006 the site received planning permission for housing, which was renewed in 2011.

Lancaster City Council has designated the 11 acre site, which includes a small area of adjoining land, for housing.

Barratt Homes said it would also make contributions to improve public transport and upgrade recreation and play facilities.