New chapter in hospital site homes plan

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Up to 200 new homes will change the face of the landscape within the grounds Lancaster Moor Hospital if plans are approved on Tuesday.

Cumbria-based house builders Story Homes have applied to build the properties as part of a wider 440 home redevelopment of the site, in Quernmore Road, which has been unoccupied for 13 years.

Story Homes has been appointed by site owners The Homes and Communities Agency to redevelop the land surrounding the former hospital, while specialist developers PJ Livesey will concentrate on the Grade II Listed building.

The 197 homes that form part of this planning application, which will go before Lancaster City Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, are three and four bedroom family properties made from blonde sandstone.

Residents living close to the site say that insufficient transport plans will mean nearby streets will face severe traffic pressure.

A spokeswoman for Story Homes said: “Although the Homes and Communities Agency has already secured outline planning permission for the site, this reserved matters application sets out the detailed proposals for new build development including retaining much of the mature woodland.”