At Lancaster City Council’s last planning committee meeting, nine councilors voted for the development, one voted against and three abstained.
The apartments will be built by Placefirst in Bold Street in Heysham, on a site that has been cleared in the past. Old terraced houses and an old garage building were bought by the town hall and then demolished about seven years ago.
Developer Placefirst builds and maintains rented homes and has previously worked on Victorian terraced houses in Morecambe’s West End.
Planning permission was first granted for an apartment building in 2020, for a three-storey design to provide 21 one-bedroom apartments and 21 two-bedroom apartments. But the plan was later changed to 22 and 20 bedrooms respectively. Permission to develop the Bold Street site remained, but the final changes had to be approved by councillors.
The main changes concern the facade facing Bold Street and the overall height of the block. Originally, seven ground floor entrance doors were planned, serving the apartments with private amenity spaces along the facade. Now, however, the revised and approved design has removed the front doors and added a single common entrance for all residents to the side, next to Back Winterdyne Terrace.
The full-height windows that were previously suggested are now replaced by wider sill-height windows. The overall height of the block has also been reduced.
Additionally, ‘starter packs’ should be given to new residents explaining the importance of the Morecambe Bay area for nature, especially birds. Residents will be notified of disturbances to birds caused by pet dogs or by kites and drones. This is intended to mitigate the impact of new residents taking advantage of nearby coastal areas.
A planning report to councilors said: ‘The new entry point will provide common wayfinding and safer access for residents than separate gates. The Bold Street facade retains the landscaped strip behind meter-high metal railings, but this has been upgraded to include a full-length hedge.