Lancaster City Council is holding an informal consultation on plans for “Bailrigg Garden Village” i.e. 3,500 new homes. The deadline is Wednesday 11 July and the consultation is at http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/bailrigg-garden-village. Please do respond to this – particularly if you live in the area.
Dynamo’s concern is that this new development will generate lots of extra traffic without sufficient transport infrastructure being put in place beforehand. Obviously our focus is cycling, but public transport and walking will also be crucial. The options paper says nice, generalised things about sustainable transport, but Dynamo wants to get concrete proposals in there from the start – whether it’s cycle lanes along the A6, a new route parallel with the railway line from the Old Filter House, or a new route to Lawson’s Bridgem (from the proposed Booths supermarket site) to take you to Ashford Road.
You do may also wish to look at the CLOUD website (Citizens of Lancaster Opposed to Unnecessary Development); they are concerned, amongst other things, that the development is unsustainable and will aggravate flooding (e.g. Galgate at the end of last year).
Anyone can reply to the Council’s consultation, and there are also consultation events on the following dates:
- Tuesday 12 June, 11.30am – 2pm, The Storey
- Thursday 14 June, 2pm – 6pm, Rowley Court
- Monday 18 June, 11.30am – 2pm, The Storey
- Thursday 21 June, 2pm – 5pm, Ellel Village Hall
- Wednesday 27 June, 9.30am – 2.30pm, Lancaster House Hotel
You can also ask to join their the Council’s Bailrigg Garden Village mailing list