A6 store inquiry up and running

A PLANNING inquiry into proposals for a new supermarket on the A6 south of Lancaster resumed this week.

The inquiry, to help decide on plans by Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) for a 7,250 sq metre store north of the former Lancaster Garages site, began last November.

But it was halted after CEP, which bought the land from farmer David Townley, decided to remove a hotel, pub/restaurant and petrol station from the scheme.

CEP appealed after Lancaster City Council rejected its plans last May, while at the same time giving Booths permission for a smaller store on council-owned land next door at Lawson’s Bridge.

Councillors had decided that the CEP scheme would generate too much traffic, despite the firm’s offer of £2m for local transport improvements.

Rival developers Centros, and Booths, both sent representatives to give evidence against the CEP scheme when the inquiry opened at Lancaster Town Hall last year.

It resumed on Wednesday at the Globe Arena, Morecambe, in front of planning inspector Michael Hurley, and is due to last until next Friday, March 30. If it is still not complete by then, it will sit again on Monday, April 16.

In January CEP announced it was seeking a judicial review on the granting Booths permission for its new store.