Centros Miller submits Lancaster applications

Published:  31 May, 2007

Urban regeneration specialist Centros Miller has submitted outline plans for the re-development of the Canal Corridor North site, a 10-acre retail-led mixed-used scheme in Lancaster. Following extensive pre-application consultation, a hybrid outline application has been submitted to Lancaster City Council together with a number of associated listed building and conservation area applications. The scheme will be anchored by a new 105,000-sq ft Debenhams department store as part of 300,000 sq ft of new shopping.

The site will extend the city centre’s prime shopping from Penny Street through St Nicholas Arcades shopping centre via a broad new footbridge leading to the new Debenhams store and the canal side. The development will also benefit from an 800-space short-stay car park and provide 150 new townhouses and apartments, offices and small workshops for local businesses. Road improvement works will be undertaken as part of the development in order to improve traffic flows. Completion of the development is targeted for 2011.

The fully pedestrianised development will provide physical enhancements to the existing cultural facilities on site, in particular the Dukes and Grand theatres and the unique Musicians’ Co-operative. The proposed development will also enhance the Lancaster Canal by widening its towpath, adding moorings for narrow boats and providing adjacent cafés and restaurants.

Centros Miller associate director David Lewis said: “The aim of this vibrant new development is to re-establish the city centre as an exciting shopping destination for residents of northern Lancashire and southern Cumbria, bring new life and boost the local economy. The scheme will provide a place to shop, live, eat and be entertained, in a safe, attractive environment”.

The development is being funded by Centros Miller’s shareholders Delancey and the Miller Group. Churston Heard is letting agent.

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