Story brings forward 210 Lancaster homes

Ahead of a planning application later this year, Story Homes is inviting public views on plans to build 210 houses on agricultural land at Grab Lane, Lancaster.

Story Homes is proposing a development of one to five-bedroom homes, of which 30% will be affordable. The 25-acre site is currently used for agriculture, and the existing farm infrastructure on the site would be demolished.

The site has been allocated for development by Lancaster City Council for some time, with a development brief for the plot issued in January 2017. Under this brief, the council said the site could support up to 195 homes.

The developer said it would submit a planning application for the site by the end of 2019 with a consultation running until 29 November.

Martin Nugent, Story Homes’ land manager, said: “The consultation is an opportunity for the local community to comment and provide feedback on our plans.

“We believe our product is appropriate for this site due to the high quality of our houses and also our dedication to building developments which complement the local area.”

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What will be done to improve roads? , traffic already intolerable, seems to be a huge increase in homes, but not roads or public amenities

By Beth Allen

What about a pub or a social centre as there is nothing close

By Terry Dixon

Why? That road is not suitable for a start! It is right by the motorway who would want a house right next to a busy motorway. What about schools for this influx of people who would move to the area. The schools are already at breaking point as are doctors surgeries to name but a few things. Are the going to be suitable for first time buyers?

By Anonymous

It may need some infrastructure. Pub community centre maybe

By John Lamb

How many houses do any of the big builders really build for first time buyers?!!! And when they do they are so expensive that most youngsters cant afford them without more debt. It’s all about profits, they dont really care as long as the bosses are getting their palms crossed with silver. As others have said doctors and schools in our areas are already stretched, its these things that need to be sorted and solved first before their profits.

By Anonymous

“.. who would want a house right next to a busy motorway.” Story is selling houses on the other side of Quernmore Rd; all of 500m away.

By M6

Building on land susceptible to flooding with all the problems the country already has with flooding sounds like a brilliant idea NOT.

By George Mckinney

Grab lane is not a suitable area to build 210 new homes. The land is marshland which floods regularly water drains down from the hills. The environment agency classes this as a zone 3 highly likely to flood.
The Ashton memorial is grade 1 listed building which sits in Williamson’s park which is grade 2 listed the fields are a greenfield site too.
The memorial is loved by many locals many people can see this from the motorway the monument is an important historical building in lancaster the natural valley frames this and adds height to it.
To spoil this with a view of houses cars drives and street lights would take away the beauty of this country side setting. The farm and house demolished the house was built in the 1800,s
There is a beck that runs under the fields too.
The lane can not support more traffic it’s dangerous now without more heavy goods vehicles.
Story’s really need to re think building on this site there’s also lots of wildlife bats ,deers and foxes.
There’s not going to be any special parts of lancaster left next they will build on the lawn in front of the castle.

By Helen Gibson

The Council’s planning guidance says up to 195 homes on this site in a hign quality development. What we have here is a very standard development which fits 210 homes into part of the site.Which of course means that once they have completed these they will come back with a request to build more (which the proposed road layouts seem designed to facilitate). And so the building over green space continues.

Where this differs of course from the other nearby areas is that these were redeveloping brownfield sites. This is unashamedly on greenfield, and not only within the city boundary but extending into the Quernmore Parish – thus setting the precedent for more development to follow.

No mention on the plan of the high quality openspace which was to be part of this area being developed – or how the developer will contribute to improving the transport infrastructure, providing school places, capacity at GP proactices etc.

Not to mention the obvious flooding issues.

By Anonymous


By Billy Bob

That is flood plane land and it would be foolhardy to build there

By Alison baxter

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