Town Council rejects plans for promenade

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MORECAMBE Town Council has voted a resounding ‘no’ to developers’ plans to build next to the Midland Hotel.

Councillors decided unanimously to oppose the radical ‘central promenade redevelopment’ after a public survey revealed almost 70% of residents polled were against the plans.

But Urban Splash’s blueprint for Morecambe’s future could still go ahead as the town council’s role is merely as a statutory consultee.

The final decision rests with Lancaster City Council when the planning application goes before a committee – probably later this year.

At a heated and packed meeting at Morecambe Town Hall on Thursday night, councillors heard the views of members of the public on the controversial proposals.

According to a town council report following a survey in Morecambe’s Arndale Centre, 69.5 per cent of residents asked (434 people) were against the plans, 26% (162 people) were in favour and 4.5% (29) didn’t know.

After considering the public’s views, the town council voted to oppose the plans on several grounds including the height of the proposed high-rise luxury flats, and that the number of dwellings provided would bring no measurable improvement to the local economy.

A Morecambe Town Council statement to be sent to the city council said: “The town council and the views of the public are not against any development within the town, but...future development should be appropriate to the needs of the town and...the central promenade should be utilised for appropriate leisure type development only.”

It also said empty housing in the West End and the derelict Frontierland site should be considered as suitable alternatives for a type of development suggested by Urban Splash.

All public feedback from the Morecambe Town Council survey has now been passed on to the city council to help them make the final decision.