Housing plans revised after public outcry

Moor Park proposals
Moor Park proposals

Revised plans for a new housing development in Lancaster have been submitted to the city council following concerns from residents.

The PJ Livesey Group has drawn up revised development plans for The Moor Park brownfield site following public consultation and discussions with Lancaster City Council.

The site in Quernmore Road sits next to the company’s redevelopment of the Grade II Lancaster Moor Hospital and currently comprises of redundant NHS buildings.

The revised proposal is for 63 new homes and a single storey retail unit to be built following the demolition of the existing buildings.

The original application was for 71 properties - 35 apartments and 36 houses, but the new application would provide 20 apartments and 43 houses.

The main difference has been reducing the retail single storey which has reduced the number of apartments.

A spokeswoman said: “Slightly re-jigging the site means they have also retained more trees and the improvements to the cricket pitch will be a neighbourhood amenity.”

Steve Alcock, PJ Livesey Group’s land and estates manager said: “We always endeavour to be a good neighbour and respectful of the community and the setting. The revised proposals respond to some concerns over tree loss, the number of apartments and the overall density of the development.

“We have listened to residents and have taken on board their comments.

“Crucially, the new scheme still provides a mix of houses, stunning new gate lodge and the much needed retail unit to serve the area.

“The revised plans have now been submitted to the city council for consideration and we are hoping a decision will be made early in the New Year.”

The neighbouring cricket pitch will be improved to create a large recreational area with meadowland at the edges and would be in place before any development started.

The conversion of the landmark hospital into The Residence was named Best Residential scheme in the North West by RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the NW Insider Magazine.

The first residents moved into The Residence in August 2014, following 18 months of renovation and building work on the site.