Developer Centros withdrew from the inquiry in March 2009. to avoid potential costs of up to £1 million.

On 24th June, Lancaster City Council announced that it would not take “any further active part in the inquiry”.

In a statment the council said: “Through no fault of its own the City Council finds itself in a position in which it strongly supports the fundamentals of the proposed development, but as a result of matters which have arisen since the  consideration of the Application by members, there are serious questions about the details of the proposed development.

“It deeply regrets that no case was properly advanced by Centros which might very well have addressed the concerns which have arisen.”

The council said the “forensic spotlight of the inquiry process” had identified issues in the detail of the proposed development which need to be addressed in order to permit such a development to come forward.

These include concerns over  the demolition of existing buildings and theaffect a planned bridge would have on the townscape.

The Public Inquiry hearings were held on 16-19, 23-25 and 30 June and 1-2 July 2009, and which was closed in writing on 6 August 2009. The decision was published in December 2009.

Read more at: Lancaster Guardian Full Report