David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

Last week the planning permission for the development at the former Frontierland site was given the green light by the Lancaster City Planning committee.

I was delighted to hear this news as I see the project as a major step in the regeneration of Morecambe, not least because the site will create 500 jobs.

The site has been derelict for nearly 15 years and is one of the most consistent mail bags I receive as the Member of Parliament.

One of my very first meetings as your MP was with site owners Morrisons about how to rejuvenate Frontierland. From the beginning of the current process, I have championed Opus North’s proposals for a new retail and leisure park and I am proud that Lancaster City Council have chosen to support this proposal.

It is significant that the application has met with widespread public approval and indeed enthusiasm.

This was illustrated by the 1,200 local people who contacted the developer to support the scheme during its extensive pre-application consultation, as well as the 130 people who wrote to the Council and the 80 or more who attended the planning committee meeting in support.

Furthermore, a wide range of groups within the community have pledged their support, ranging from the town council to organisations representing traders, residents and volunteers.

As the site has a large proportion of retail space the application now has to be sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP for a final sign off.

I have written to Eric Pickles MP to express the huge volume of public support I have seen for the application and to ensure that he allows the application to go ahead. At the moment there is no suggestion that there will be any problems with the application and the next stage is very much a formality.

I very much look forward to the opening of the site which will continue to prove that Morecambe is back open for business.

If you would like to contact me you can do so by phone 01524 841225 or by email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk