Lancaster Innovation Campus back on planning agenda

Lancaster University is targeting a 2019 completion date for the £41m first phase of its 350,000 sq ft innovation campus, which was first proposed in 2006 and stalled following the closure of the North West Development Agency.

Lancaster City Council confirmed the transfer of 28 acres of land to the South of the city at Bailrigg to the university earlier this month. The campus will be connected to the University’s health and medicine faculty, and is targeted at business, healthcare and academic occupiers.

The council is due to meet on Monday 7 March to discuss revised plans for the site, which were first submitted in 2007, and approved in outline form in 2009. The university has applied for the planning permission to be renewed, and has submitted an alteration to the approved access and landscaping works to allow them to be delivered in phases.

Work is due to start later this year on the £41m first phase of the park.

The plans approved in 2009 were designed by Taylor Young, now IBI, and White Young Green, now WYG.

The site was first allocated as the Bailrigg Business Park in Lancaster’s Local Plan, and then later earmarked by the now-defunct North West Development Agency as suitable for a science park.

The NWDA had agreed to provide funding but closed suddenly in 2014.

A report accompanying the planning application said that funding is now in place to bring forward the access road element of the project. The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has committed £17m to the scheme.

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