Luneside homes could help revitalise quay

Luneside East, which is being demolished to make way for new development
Luneside East, which is being demolished to make way for new development

Plans for 149 new homes off St George’s Quay in Lancaster could be given the green light by city councillors next week.

Persimmon Homes want to develop the Luneside East site, and council officers have recommended the scheme be approved when it goes before the council’s planning committee on Monday.

The application has been amended and now seeks planning permission for 149 new houses comprising 40 two-bedroom, 77 three-bedroom and 32 four-bedroom properties with associated parking and landscaping.

Access is gained from two existing access points on St George’s Quay, with a pedestrian link created through the site to Long Marsh Lane.Persimmon recently adapted the proposals after residents fought to save a strip of land and trees within the site. However, around 60 residents have raised further concerns about the plans.

Issues include an increase in noise and anti-social behaviour, a lack of open space and children’s play equipment, a lack of public consultation by the applicant and pollution/contamination concerns. Residents also say the scheme is of poor design and detrimental to the character of the area.

But council officers believe the development has the potential to deliver a number of significant benefits, most notably the re-use of a significant proportion of a derelict, brownfield site that has lain empty for some time.

With the neighbouring Luneside West development being built, officers feel this has the potential to revitalise the quayside.