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How new council flats at former Lancaster high school site might look

How new council housing blocks overlooking playing fields at the former Skerton High school might look. Image by Lancaster City Council

An artist's image has revealed how new council homes might look on the site of a former Lancaster high school.

The artist's impression, supplied to us by Lancaster City Council, shows new flats overlooking the playing fields at the former Skerton High.

Demolition work has been taking place to prepare the land for 135 new council homes as part of Lancaster City Council's plan to revitalise the Mainway housing estate in Skerton.

The new housing at Skerton High would be a mixture of 1-4 bedroom modern family homes, and apartments overlooking the playing fields which would be brought back into use for the community, with football pitches.

Each of the homes will have a private garden or balcony, said a council spokesperson.

As part of the plans, Lancaster City Council is planning a new pedestrian route from Mainway to Owen Road, a new square, a new access road from Owen Road, and 135 parking spaces.

They will keep the current 'cherry tree driveway' leading up to the site and the existing access from Mainway.

A planning application is due to go in later this month.

If successful, the council hopes to start building work on the flats overlooking the playing fields later in 2024, with the first homes due to be finished by 2026.

Skerton High closed in 2014 after being deemed surplus to requirements by Lancashire County Council due to dwindling pupil numbers.

The city council bought the building in 2023.

The new homes will be affordable social rented accommodation, owned by Lancaster City Council, and with the council as landlord.

Other buildings on Mainway will be included in the rest of the project to revamp the entire estate.

The council has said some of these would be council owned, while others may be for private rent, shared ownership, or owned and managed by another housing provider.

They have already revealed plans to sell off Lune House and Derby House on the Mainway estate to a private developer, which sparked controversy among residents.

Read more: INTERVIEW: Residents speak of "anger and anxiety" over Lancaster housing estate revamp plan - Beyond Radio

And this week it has also been revealed that the council is looking to demolish Bridge House on the estate, due to structural issues with the building.

Read more: Iconic Lancaster high-rise block of flats could be demolished over safety risks - Beyond Radio

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