Residents’ views welcomed on £75m city scheme

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Members of the public were this week invited to give their views on plans to regenerate Lancaster’s canal corridor north site with a £75m retail-led scheme.

London-based British Land, who took over the project from former developers Centros last year, held a public consultation in Market Square on Tuesday, giving people the opportunity to raise concerns and give their opinions on the scheme.

The developers want to turn the site into a mixed use area, including retail, leisure, cultural and business use.

The canal corridor scheme covers land between Lancaster canal and the city’s one-way system and includes numerous historic and listed buildings.

Centros - whose own plans for the site were turned down by the Secretary of State following a public inquiry - will work alongside British Land as project managers to deliver the scheme.

Lesley Giddins, British Land consultant communities executive, said: “We want to introduce ourselves to Lancaster and genuinely gather people’s views.

“We are listening to what people have to say about the development and what they would like to see. We are talking to people about the whole of Lancaster and how this development can fit in.

“This will be a sensitive approach and look at the city’s strengths.

“We have also looked back to what people said in the past and are trying to build on that.”

Mark McVicar, Centros development manager, added: “We want this to be a part of Lancaster, so it can reflect local aspirations and be something people cherish.

“We are keen to be involved with the local community. We want to create a place that is part of the wider city centre experience.

“We are trying to make a difference and come up with something that people like.”

As part of their consultation, British Land will also speak to local organisations including the Grand Theatre, the Dukes, the Music Co-op and the homeless centre.