Lancaster councillors have backed proposals for a major £250m redevelopment of dilapidated land in the city. Councillors voted in favour of supporting the principle of the development at the Canal Corridor North site, as well as giving financial support for the scheme, at a meeting this week. The motion passed with 35 votes in favour, 11 against and two abstentions.

A full planning application for the site is expected by the end of 2018. But the chairman of Lancaster Grand Theatre says he is “disappointed” that the venue hasn’t been included in the proposals. Mike Hardy said a new foyer had been included in original plans for the development back in 2008, but since then he had not had any communication about any money allocated to The Grand. He added that the theatre had managed to raise £500,000 towards the £1.5m projected cost for the extension, and that any additional financial help would be “very welcome”.

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