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Historic park plans could be approved

Plans: Businessman Yousef Bhailok at the Harris Knowledge Park

Plans: Businessman Yousef Bhailok at the Harris Knowledge Park

Resubmitted plans to make changes to a historic Preston park have now been recommended for approval.

Businessman Yousuf Bhailok bought the Harris Park site off Garstang Road, Preston, from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006.

He launched a bid last year to build three new homes and add extensions to a number of existing Grade II-listed properties - but the application was knocked back by Preston Council’s planning committee amid concerns about the scale and impact on existing buildings.

Planning agents lodged a resubmitted application last month, amending the scheme in an attempt to address councillors’ worries.

Now the new proposals have been recommended for approval by officers.

A report by planning chiefs advises: “The applicant has sought to address the objections by reducing the massing and scale of the extensions and applying to a new set of contemporary external materials that have a closer association with the listed buildings.

“In other respects, the current proposal is unchanged.”

It adds: “The proposed development would deliver a sustainable development which would preserve, conserve and, in part, enhance the heritage designations of an important historic site.”

The proposals are recommended for approval subject to a section 106 agreement, to secure a heritage management plan for the whole of the application site.

Preston Council’s planning committee will meet on Monday to discuss the revised scheme.

The meeting starts at 10am in the Town Hall.

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