Homes project will cater for disabled

Albion Mills, land for proposed residential development in Lancaster.
Albion Mills, land for proposed residential development in Lancaster.

Flats for disabled people are among 26 affordable homes planned at a former city mill site.

The social rent housing scheme at Albion Mills, Factory Hill, includes 14 houses and 12 flats for the disabled.

The applicants, Impact Housing Association and Thomas Armstrong Consulting, which has an office on site, want to demolish existing buildings including two derelict industrial units.

Nine three-bed houses are proposed along with five two-bed houses.

The one bedroom flats would have lift access and would appear to reach three storeys high from the south due to changes in ground levels.

All would include solar hot water panels.

The lane off Hinde Street behind existing homes on Albion Street would be upgraded to provide two-way access to the new houses while the flats would be reached from Factory Hill off Bulk Road.

Although a number of established trees would be lost they would be replaced through a planting programme and improvements will be made to habitat for bats, birds, hedgehogs and amphibians.

Thirty parking spaces, including six mobility spaces, would be provided. In a planning report, the council’s housing strategy officer Kathy Sinclair said the scheme would be “extremely important” in contributing to the authority’s target of building 60 new affordable homes each year.

She added: “The opportunities to provide purpose built wheelchair accommodation are extremely rare and within the current grant structures are very challenging.”

The report recommends that Lancaster City Council’s planning committee should approve the scheme at its meeting on Monday, February 4.