Tayor Wimpey Lancaster Homes Site
The land is allocated for housing in the Lancaster Local Plan

Homes plotted for North Lancaster strategic site

Sarah Townsend

National housebuilder Taylor Wimpey aims to build up to 700 residential units on 182 acres between the Lancaster Canal and The Bay Gateway.

In a consultation launched last week, the housebuilder unveiled its vision for the key development site west of Slyne Road, allocated for housing in the Lancaster Local Plan.

Taylor Wimpey is preparing two main proposals for submission to Lancaster City Council. The first is a comprehensive masterplan for the site, involving collaboration with other developers and landowners that control or own land within the site, and other stakeholders.

The second is an outline planning application for up to 58 family homes with supporting infrastructure, a local employment centre and open space, or up to 93 family homes plus a 60-bed extra care facility and a local centre, to the immediate west of Slyne Road (the A6).  The council has expressed a strong desire for an extra care facility at the site, although the local plan does not require it, the company said in its consultation.

Taylor Wimpey believes that once fully developed, the site could accommodate around 700 dwellings and other infrastructure such as a primary school and up to five acres employment land for offices.

However, the Local Plan requires a comprehensive masterplan for site to be submitted with any future planning applications – hence Taylor Wimpey’s current work to devise a full masterplan alongside its more specific vision for the site.

“The development of the masterplan area at North Lancaster will deliver a compelling range of community benefits, as well as significant economic benefits to the area,” Taylor Wimpey said.

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Yet more green space taken up by generic boring overpriced, and not the best efficient materials being used (Famous Designer George Clark’s words). Why this obsession with growth? Find a space, fill it. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were affordable to local people; and I don’t mean just a handful as a token gesture. Why build another school? Skerton school is big enough for 800 kids. If we need more schools, renovate that. During this pandemic, it has been a joy to be able to walk out into the countryside from Skerton. Soon we will only have streets to walk. Oh what joy

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