Plan to build 53 new city homes

Area of land next to Riversway House off Bulk Road where 54 new houses are going to be built.
Area of land next to Riversway House off Bulk Road where 54 new houses are going to be built.
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Proposals for new city centre homes will go before planners next month.

Councillors will vote on an application to knock down existing buildings at Riverview House on Bulk Road and build 53 properties.

The site is near the Ridge Estate and bordered by Langdale Road and Bulk Road to the west, Lancaster Canal to the east, the ambulance station to the north and Grebe Wharf to the south.

Plans submitted to the city council by Darren Leary state that, if granted, the scheme would comprise 16 one-bed apartments, 13 two-bed houses, three two-bed bungalows and 21 three-bed houses - all of which would be for ‘affordable rent’ through a registered provider.

Council documents show that if given the go-ahead 50 trees at the site would have to be removed but the majority of the nearby woodland would be retained.

Some of the trees are subject to tree preservation orders (TP0s).

But a TPO officer is quoted as saying that in line with planning policy guidelines, the need to provide affordable housing in a sustainable location takes precedent over the tree loss.

Officers have recommended the application is approved with 21 conditions.

The council’s strategic housing officer ‘strongly supports’ the proposal.

It will be debated at the next planning committee meeting of Lancaster City Council on November 11.