Bridge over Lune back on agenda

TOWN Hall chiefs have re-affirmed their desire to build a second bridge across the River Lune.

But a bid by city councillors to secure a windfall from a housing developer towards the cost of a bridge carrying a guided busway from the quayside to Morecambe Road looks set to fail.

Highways officials last year requested a £621,000 contribution towards transport improvements following an application by Redrow Homes/Barratt Homes for 403 homes and apartments at the Luneside West site off St George’s Quay. Lancaster City Council’s planning committee backed the development, but said it wanted to put the £621,000 contribution towards the bridge.

Final approval of the scheme at the former Lune Mills complex, which was dependent upon negotiating planning conditions including developer contributions, has still not been secured because the applicants have questioned the validity of the transport contribution.

A city council planning report says the developers have received legal advice that the bridge is not needed as part of the development and that the contribution does not meet planning guidelines.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-01-12) for full story.