Former Macari's ice cream factory in Lancaster set for demolition to make way for new homes

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A former ice cream factory in Lancaster could be demolished for future housing development.

Eric Wright Construction has applied for demolition of existing outbuildings, removal of existing stone walls and the temporary installation of boundary housing at the former Macari’s site at 55, St Leonard’s Gate, Lancaster.

A heritage report submitted with the demolition application said: “A. Macari & Sons utilised the site to form their ice cream depot catering for their café business on North Road in the city centre.

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"The firm constructed a number of manufacturing shed-like structures from brick and breezeblock intermittently through the late-20th century, including the reconstruction of the south perimeter wall with stone and railings, and the construction of a new stone and metal gated entrance to the west onto St Leonards Gate.

An aerial view of the site of the former Macari's ice cream factory on St Leonard's Gate in Lancaster. Picture from Bradley Demolition.An aerial view of the site of the former Macari's ice cream factory on St Leonard's Gate in Lancaster. Picture from Bradley Demolition.
An aerial view of the site of the former Macari's ice cream factory on St Leonard's Gate in Lancaster. Picture from Bradley Demolition.

"The firm left the site at some point in the last 20 years.

"The site today comprises six shed-like structures all built over the mid-to-late 20th century, and in which were used for the ice cream manufacturing process, including a large yard to the west, which allowed for ice cream vans to be parked and deliveries etc.”

In the planning application to Lancaster City Council, agents NJL Consulting of Manchester said: “The site subject to this demolition application constitutes the 6 no. outbuildings at St Leonard’s Gate Car Park, formerly used for ice cream manufacturing (Use Class B2).

“The buildings are currently vacant, and five of the six buildings have been found to contain asbestos that requires removal.

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“The site is located within the northern part of the Canal Quarter in Lancaster City Centre and comprises the existing St Leonard’s Gate car park.

“Following the adoption of the Canal Quarter Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and subsequent masterplan, the site is identified to be redeveloped for residential uses.

“The demolition of the vacant outbuildings is therefore required to facilitate future development of the site.

“Identified asbestos will be removed by an approved contractor before demolition commences.

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“To ensure safety during the demolition process, a 2.4-meter-high closed-boarded hoarding will be installed around the perimeter of the site for a temporary period to facilitate demolition.

“The proposed hoarding will be temporary until the site has been redeveloped. The height of the hoarding is intended to prevent easy access or climbing over."

View the planning application number 24/00531/FUL at https://www.lancaster.gov.uk/planning

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