A consultation by¬†community group ‘Real Planning for Lancaster‘ gathered the wishes of local people for the area and identified that there was a desire for a cultural centre with small, independent shops and some affordable housing.

Real Planning for Lancaster (RPfL) was formed by a group of local people in October
2002 in reaction to a threat of a major development in Lancaster on the triangle
bounded by St Leonardsgate, the canal and Moor Lane. The group explicitly has no
political allegiance and only receives contributions with no conditions attached.
RPfL brings together a number of people who have between them a wide range of
experience and insight. It is open to membership by anyone who believes in the main
purposes of the group, which are to ensure that:

  • the site is developed sensitively and appropriately
  • the public are consulted and kept informed throughout the planning process