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North Lancaster

Slyne Road - Lancaster - Lancashire - LA2 6AN

Taylor Wimpey is pleased to present their proposals for a residential-led development on land to the west side of Slyne Road (A6), which is a part of the ‘North Lancaster Strategic Site’, which will provide for a range of new family homes together with supporting social and physical infrastructure.

 

This consultation gives you an opportunity to view and comment on phase 1 of our proposals for North Lancaster.


  • Overview

    Overview

    The North Lancaster Strategic Site (“the Strategic Site”) has been allocated for residential led development in the Lancaster Local Plan (Strategic Policies and Land Allocations DPD - adopted July 2020) under Policy SG9. 

    It Is anticipated that once fully developed, that the Strategic Site will accommodate approximately 700 dwellings and a range of infrastructure necessary to facilitate these new homes, including a primary school, a local centre, public open space and up to 2 hectares of employment land for offices (B1).

    The Local Plan requires a comprehensive masterplan for the Strategic Site to be submitted with any future planning application(s).

    In October and November 2020, Taylor Wimpey consulted on a comprehensive Masterplan for the entire North Lancaster Strategic Site, referred to as the ‘Masterplan Area’; and an outline planning application for residential-led development on land to the immediate west of Slyne Road (A6), referred to as the ‘Application Site’.

    All feedback received was and is being carefully considered and is informing a planning application that will be submitted in the coming weeks.

    Following the public consultation in 2020, Taylor Wimpey has been able to prepare more detailed information to support a planning application for the Application Site and therefore now intends to submit a hybrid planning application. It is important to note that these are not proposals for additional development but simply more detailed information relating to the planning application consulted on in 2020.

    The application proposals are described in more detail in the following pages of the website but in summary the application will seek:

    • Full detailed planning permission for 58 family homes in the southern portion of the Application Site, including the access point and internal road layout.

    • Outline planning permission for either extra care or residential development with local centre uses in the north of the Application Site.

     


  • About the site

    About the Site

    The Strategic Site is situated to the northern edge of Lancaster and forms a key gateway into the city. It is within close proximity to the A6 and connects to the Bay Gateway Link Road and subsequently to the M6. The Strategic Site also has access to the primary public transport network within Lancaster with bus stops located on Slyne Road and on Halton Road, which is located directly south of Kellet Lane.

    The Strategic Site extends to approximately 73.9 hectares and includes land between the northern fringes of Lancaster and the Bay Gateway. The Strategic Site comprises open land located within the administrative boundary of Lancaster City Council and stretches east from Barley Cop Lane across to Kellet Lane which forms its eastern boundary. Lancaster city centre lies approximately 3km to the south.

    The Strategic Site is within close proximity to a range of shops, services and facilities to the south in Skerton and Lancaster city centre. Key services within proximity of the Strategic Site include convenience stores, a community centre, Places of Worship, primary schools, a Post Office, and a medical centre.

    A comprehensive Masterplan is being prepared in relation to the entire Strategic Site and was previously consulted on in November 2020.  The ‘Masterplan Area’ is shown by the blue line on the plan below.

    The hybrid planning application for Phase 1 relates to a parcel of the Strategic Site immediately to the west of the A6 Slyne Road, referred to as the ‘Application Site’ and shown edged red on the plan below.

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  • What's proposed

    What's Proposed

    The hybrid planning application will include the Phase 1 Application Site only (being land to the immediate west of Slyne Road (A6) .

    The application will be hybrid. This means that approval will be sought for full details of the residential development in the southern portion of the site, with approval sought in outline for the northern portion of the site to allow the flexibility for either an extra care facility OR additional residential development to be delivered, along with local centre uses.

    The principle of a housing development in this location has already been considered through adoption of the Local Plan.

    In summary the proposals will provide:

    • 58 two, three and four bed family homes;

    • Safe access from Slyne Road within easy reach of the local amenities in Lancaster;

    • New pedestrian and cycle connections;

    • Attractive landscaping;

    • New high-quality open space;

    PLUS

    • A potential extra care facility (approximately 60 bed spaces) / local centre facility;

    OR,

    • A further 35 homes (approx.) and a local centre.

    Potential Extra Care Provision

    Whilst the Local Plan policies require the delivery of various supporting infrastructure across the Masterplan Area, they do not require the provision of an extra care facility.

    However, the Council has expressed a strong desire to bring forward an extra care facility (incorporating an element of local centre) to the north of the Application Site.

    Discussions between Taylor Wimpey and the Council have been ongoing for several months about how this might be achieved, and it is hoped that a delivery mechanism for extra care can be agreed.

    The hybrid planning application therefore retains the flexibility to allow residential development with a more traditional local centre to come forward on the northern section of the Application Site, should the delivery of extra care not be achieved.

    Site Access

    Access into the Phase 1 Application Site will be gained via a priority junction onto Slyne Road.  The proposed development will be accessed by safe and efficient vehicular access arrangements. The site also benefits from being accessible on foot with the existing pedestrian footways providing access to a wide of range of services and it is well located to encourage journeys by bus via a number of bus services available in the vicinity of the site.

    The northern extents of the Strategic Site will remain as open space to preserve the open nature of the area and a buffer will be created between the Strategic Site and Lancaster Canal.

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    Technical Considerations

    There are a number of key considerations that have been taken into account as part of the design process. These include: tree and ecology surveys, noise and air quality surveys, highways and access studies, an investigation into ground conditions, archaeology and heritage studies, flood risk and drainage assessments as well as energy and climate change statements.

    The technical work undertaken concluded that the site can be developed in accordance with planning policy and legislative requirements.

     

     

  • Community

    Community Benefits

     


    The development of the Masterplan Area at North Lancaster will deliver a compelling range of community benefits. 

    Economic Benefits

    The North Lancaster Strategic Site will bring numerous economic benefits to the area and we have estimated the economic benefits for the development of the Masterplan Area using UK-wide statistical data. 

     

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    Community Benefits

    In addition, the development of the wider Masterplan Area will result in the following substantial benefits to the local community:

    • New Family Homes: The site will deliver a range of new homes to meet the needs of the area. A range of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom mews, semi-detached, detached and apartment properties, is proposed. Subject to viability, the scheme will deliver affordable housing which will contribute to meeting the Borough's affordable housing needs;

       

    • A New Primary School: The development will facilitate the delivery of a new single form entry primary school by seeking planning permission and reserving land for the primary school. The primary school, once approved, will be built by the Local Education Authority and will serve both the development and existing demand from the local community. The plot on which the new primary school will be located will be large enough to enable the school to be expanded in the future to create a two form entry school, if required;

       

    • A New Local Centre and Potential Extra Care facility: A new local centre will be provided as part of the proposals and is included as part of the application being prepared, within the northern section of the Application Site. This local centre provision will be integrated into an extra care facility (subject to ongoing discussions between Taylor Wimpey and Lancaster City Council and the agreement of a delivery mechanism – please see ‘what’s proposed’ page) OR as a standalone local centre alongside residential development (if the extra care facility does not come forwards).The hybrid planning application retains the flexibility for either option, and subsequent reserved matters applications will secure the details once the final option is agreed. In any case, the new local centre could provide new retail, commercial, employment and community provision widening the choice of amenities for new and existing residents. It would also contribute to place making, creating an attractive and desirable place to live, whilst in turn boosting the local economy.

    • Potential New Employment Development to meet anticipated demand: The Masterplan will facilitate the potential for the site to deliver approximately 2 hectares of B1 (Offices) employment land, creating new job opportunities and helping to boost the local economy. The provision of the employment development will be subject to a marketing exercise to determine whether there is a local appetite and a market for this use. If there is no demand for employment development at the site, the Council will support alternative uses on this part of the site – such as residential development.

       

    • New and Enhanced Green Infrastructure and Enhance Cycling and Walking Connections: The scheme will be a sustainable development which has good access to jobs, shops, services and transport links. In particular, the proposals will improve access to open spaces and leisure and will provide new and enhanced footpaths and cycle links to the surrounding uses planned for the site. Play spaces, open spaces and footpaths / cycleways will be incorporated into the scheme with associated opportunities for physical recreation.

     

  • Updates

    News and Updates

    Anticipated Timescales


    Taylor Wimpey to submit comprehensive masterplan and hybrid planning application to the Council 

    March

    2021

    Taylor Wimpey will apply for approval of the relevant 'reserved matters'

    Summer

    2021

    Subsequent applications will be submitted for consideration in relation to the other land within the Masterplan Area 2022 onwards 

    We will continue to provide updates on this page.

    Public consultation ends 19th February 2021.