New homes plan for bingo club


THE former Gala bingo club in Lancaster could be turned into homes and shops.

Tenders have been invited for the King Street site and building which is now up for sale.

Agents Colliers CRE have had talks with Lancaster City Council on possible uses.

The company felt a mixed use but predominantly residential development would be “acceptable and suitable”, according to sales literature.

Any proposal would be subject to formal planning permission.
Strong interest is expected in the site which lies in a conservation area and is available freehold.

Closing date for bids is mid-June. A next-door shop is also included in the deal. But Colliers associate director Sam Frankland declined to indicate a guide price.

Sellers are a joint venture set up by Gala, which owns the freehold, and a company called Left Bank Developments, which has a long lease on part of the four storey building. Bingo ceased on the site in February after 35 years. Gala cited “commercial reasons”.

Until August last year the art deco building also housed the now closed Regal cinema. Independent chain Northern Morris was the last operator, running alongside the bingo club for three years. The building first opened in 1936 with 1,592 seats.

Since then it has passed through a number of hands, including Star, Cannon and ABC and had a dual role as cinema and bingo club from 1971.

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