Eden North plans approved for Morecambe seafront as regeneration promises boom time ahead

Eden North plans approved Morecambe regeneration
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Morecambe’s FEC operators are one step closer to welcoming a new neighbour as Lancaster City Council approved planning permission for the Eden North ecotourism attraction, which is expected to bring in up to one million visitors a year.

 

Operators in Morecambe may well benefit from a new neighbour in the form of the Eden Project North, plans for which the local council’s planning committee have now approved.

On Monday January 31, councillor’s signed off the long-awaited blueprints for the new seafront venue, which is linked to the Eden Project in Cornwall but will be distinctly focused on Morecambe Bay. The bay area is of international importance to wildlife including migrating birds from across the world and is described by Eden Project as having some of the best views in England. The economic boost of the new development could benefit Morecambe, Lancaster and wider bay region, according to the Eden Project.

The new attraction will be built on the seafront at Marine Road, which is also home to many of Morecambe’s family amusement centres. With visitor numbers at the new Eden North expected to reach up to one million in its first year, operators could stand to benefit from the venues eventually opening in 2024. Once opened, it will include exhibits, performance space, learning, play and immersive experiences, alongside three café-restaurants, a visitor centre and retail space. The maximum opening hours would be 9am to 9pm daily outside the summer months, and 9am to midnight during the summer. In addition to the main venue, an outdoor arena holding up to 6,000 people is included in the proposals, with up to eight late evening events being planned each year during summer, between 6pm and midnight.

Operators that are interested in the ongoing development of Eden North can join the regular online community forums it is holding this year to discuss different aspects of its plans and activities. The latest forum in January discussed tourism opportunities in quieter winter months, with speakers at the forum including Eden Project staff, RSPB and business community representatives plus local small businesses and craftspeople.


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