BREAKING NEWS: Council pull out of Centros planning inquiry

Date:

25/06/2009

Source:

Lancaster Guardian

Matter:

SAVE - Clarence Street, Bolton

Lancaster City Council has announced its withdrawal from the
Centros public inquiry.

This announcement comes just days into the proceedings,
apparently following damning evidence on the heritage impact of the £150
million redevelopment scheme.

The application, involves the demolition of 30 historic buildings, 18 within
conservation areas, and is being opposed at the Inquiry by SAVE, English
Heritage and local group It's our City.

William Palin, Secretary of SAVE said: 'We are delighted that the council has
acknowledged that there is no point in continuing its defence of this
application. SAVE has argued from the outset that this is completely the wrong
scheme for this sensitive and finely textured site."

At this early stage it is believed that unless Centros withdraws the
application, the inspector is still required to report to the Secretary of
State.

*More updates to follow