A6 store plan scaled down

PLANS for a controversial supermarket development south of Lancaster have been revised after the developer scrapped proposals for a hotel, pub/restaurant and petrol station as part of the scheme.

A Lancaster Town Hall planning inquiry to decide on the £23m scheme off the A6 began in November but was halted after Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) decided to seek permission solely for the supermarket, an access road, car parking and landscaping.

It had 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.

Booths had objected to the rival scheme, as had Centros, the developer hoping to revive proposals for a multi-million pound retail-led scheme in Lancaster city centre.

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

CEP’s claim that 6,000 fewer vehicles would need to travel through Lancaster each day for food was dubbed “optimistic” by consultants Whyte Young Green and concerns were also raised about the loss of trees on the site, which CEP bought from farmer David Townley.

See the Lancaster Guardian (19-01-12) for full story.