Residents invited to have their say on the future of Luneside East

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RESIDENTS living in and around the Luneside East area of Lancaster are being asked for their views on how the site should be redeveloped.

Lancaster City Council has been working to bring forward a redevelopment of the Luneside East site for almost ten years, which could see the creation of a new mixed use neighbourhood with housing, offices, local shops, new high quality open spaces, walking and cycling routes and could include leisure outlets.

In the early stages of the project, the local community was consulted, and people’s views helped shape the development proposals.

To make way for this and after securing funding, the council acquired the site and removed the operational gasholder.

However, following the banking crisis in 2008, adverse market conditions meant that the council’s chosen developer (CTP Ltd with Development Securities plc) was unable to proceed.

Coun Abbott Bryning, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, said: “Even though the project to regenerate this largely vacant and derelict area has been affected by the economic downturn, the council has continued to work with its developer and funders to find a way forward, and believes that there is now a real prospect of getting a first phase of commercial development underway.”

A drop-in session is being held in the Friends’ Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, on Monday, January 31 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.