MORECAMBE REVIVAL: We’re well-placed for the future - councillor

How the new Chatsworth Gardens development might look.
How the new Chatsworth Gardens development might look.
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A leading politician believes Morecambe is on the up and up.

Councillor Janice Hanson is positive about the town’s future now work on the Heysham to M6 link road has begun and because other regeneration schemes are in the pipeline over the next two years.

They include planned shopping park on the ex-Frontierland site, and the Chatsworth Gardens housing renegeration scheme and a £1m lottery grant for the West End. Coun Hanson, deputy leader of Lancaster City Council, also believes the Morecambe Area Action Plan (MAAP) - a 10-year blueprint for town planning policy - will attract even more cash into the town and create more jobs.

The council is working with Carillion, a leading Midlands-based developer, on ways to make Morecambe attractive to investors.

She said: “Through the MAAP the council is setting out a long term vision to work with developers to identify schemes that will achieve our aims of attracting investment and jobs into the town. In Heysham, we expect to see significant business growth as employment land that has been inaccessible for years is unlocked

Developer Opus North is due to submit plans for a ‘Bay Shopping Park’ on the former Frontierland site to Lancaster City Council in March.The quality 100,000 sq ft complex would include fashion shops, a 60-bedroomed hotel, restaurants, a family pub and 376 parking spaces and create 500 jobs.

Meanwhile Wilmslow developer Place First has already been given permission to start work on the Chatsworth Gardens scheme. The first phase of the project will see Victorian properties on Albert Road and Chatsworth Road in the West End replaced by 51 brand new modern two, three and four bedroomed apartments.