Lancaster science park ‘will happen’

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LANCASTER’S regeneration chief says he remains confident a proposed science park next to Lancaster University will happen, despite the economic downturn.

Andrew Dobson, head of regeneration and development at Lancaster City Council, said developers behind similar ventures had assured him the park could still be viable.

Current proposals include a 34,000 sq m park housing technology and knowledge-based businesses and an innovation centre.

Outline planning permission – effectively permission in principle – was granted for the scheme, which is being developed jointly by the city and county councils and Lancaster University, in July 2009.

Detailed permission was granted for a new access to the proposed park, along with an internal spine road and landscaping. But since then the Government has decided to axe the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA),

The NWDA funded the city council’s £2.3m purchase of the land and the council had hoped that it would contribute towards £7m of infrastructure works including roads, drainage and power supplies.

Mr Dobson said the council was now looking at other ways of funding those works.

See the Lancaster Guardian (17-11-11) for full story.