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Regional Planning and Development: North West

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether discussions have taken place between the North Western Regional Development Agency and Lancaster City Council on the Central Park Scheme in the west end of Morecambe. (246101)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: The agency were approached by Lancaster city council and the Winning Back the West End Regeneration Team in early 2007, and entered into discussions which led to a round one funding bid (concept approval stage ) to the agency for the Central Park Scheme in August 2007.

Further information provided when working up the detailed bid revealed that the costs of the project were increasing, which led the agency to conclude that it would not present value for money and could not generate significant economic impacts. I understand, however, that the agency would be happy to enter into further discussions with Lancaster city council and the Winning Back the West End Regeneration Team.