Lancaster City Council pays £3m for former Frontierland site in Morecambe
Lancaster City Council has bought Morecambe’s Frontierland site for £3m to kick start its regeneration and give the site a new lease of life.
The land was previously home to a theme park which closed more than 20 years ago, since which time there have been a number of failed re-development attempts by the private sector.
Most recently a retail-led scheme with a restaurant, pub, and hotel was proposed and approved by the city council. However, planning permission has since expired, leaving the real possibility that the site would again be left to languish.
To prevent that from happening, the city council has purchased the land and will now start to develop its regeneration plans, consulting with stakeholders as it moves forward.
Coun Tricia Heath, cabinet member with responsibility for economic recovery, said: “Following the failure of the most recent private sector plans to redevelop Frontierland there was a real possibility that the site could once again be mothballed.
“It has been left to decay for long enough already, so the council felt it had to step in and pursue its own redevelopment plans to provide long lasting economic, social, and environmental improvements.
“By owning the land, we now have the potential to use the site to help drive the reinvention of the town and there are a number of options available that provide the opportunity to capitalise on the renewed interest that developers are showing in Morecambe.
“We also want to make sure that the community is at the heart of the vision for the site and will be providing Morecambe’s communities with the opportunity to give us their views throughout the process of designing our plans.”
Former Morecambe councillor Joshua Brandwood said: “I understand many will rightfully have their own views on this sum, especially taking into consideration the recent concerns raised about the conditions of the streets and roads locally.
“I am torn on this issue because part of me feels that given the council have three million pounds spare to purchase land then surely they have money to address other issues in the area?
“Equally, I feel this money is a sound investment and will undoubtedly make a great return depending on what the council do with the land.”
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