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Chester-based Astle Planning & Design worked with Bellway on the 116-home neighbourhood in Quernmore. Credit: via planning documents

Lancaster approves 116 Quernmore homes

Bellway Homes can move forward with its plans for a 14-acre neighbourhood off Quernmore Road, offering 35 affordable homes.

Despite 190 letters of opposition, Bellway secured planning approval from Lancaster City Council’s planning committee last week for 116 homes.

Bellway’s approved plans include nine bungalows, 20 apartments, and 87 houses. Each of these different home types would include affordable housing, with three bungalows, 12 apartments, and 20 houses set aside for that tenure.

The apartments will have between one and two bedrooms, while the houses will have between two and four. All nine bungalows will be two-bed homes.

Martyn Earle, Bellway’s strategic land director for the North, said: “We look forward to work starting at our new site off Quernmore Road once we have finalised the planning agreement for the development.

“Throughout the design process, we have prioritised creating a site that will seamlessly integrate with the area as a natural extension of Lancaster,” he continued.

“With sustainability also in mind outside the home, we aim to protect green space wherever possible – including existing trees and hedgerows. Likewise, we will enhance pedestrian and cycle routes and promote access to key public transport links.”

Barton Willmore is the planning consultant for the project, which has changed in size from when it was first submitted in 2021. At that time, the proposal was for 151 homes. Other changes included adding more stone facades to the homes, including accessible play equipment, and adding more boundary planting to help supplement the existing hedgerows.

All of the homes will have private amenity space and off-street parking, according to Lancaster City Council’s committee report. Access to the housing development will be from Quernmore Road, near to where the road intersects with Grab Lane.

Astle Planning &Design worked with Bellway on the designs.

You can learn more about Bellway’s project by using application reference number 21/01008/FUL on Lancaster City Council’s planning portal.

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