A6 hotel and pub off the agenda

An artist's impression of the proposed Commercial Estates store.

An artist's impression of the proposed Commercial Estates store.

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PROPOSALS for a hotel, pub/restaurant and petrol station south of Lancaster have been scrapped.

But developers still want to go ahead with a supermarket at the site.

A Lancaster Town Hall planning inquiry to decide on the £23m scheme off the A6 began in November but was halted after Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) decided to seek permission solely for the supermarket, an access road, car parking and landscaping.

It had appealed after Lancaster City Council rejected its plans last May while at the same time giving Booths permission for a smaller store on council-owned land next door.

Booths had objected to the rival scheme, as had Centros, the developer hoping to revive proposals for a multi-million pound retail-led scheme in Lancaster city centre.

Councillors had decided that the CEP scheme would generate too much traffic, despite the firm’s offer of £2m for local transport improvements.

See The Visitor (24-01-12) for full story.