The man behind plans to demolish a 100-year-old bungalow and replace it with a £500,000 retail and apartment block has spoken out over local criticism.
Neighbours argue proposals for 42 Liverpool Road, Penwortham would cause traffic problems, would not be inkeeping with the area, and would over-dominate.
Owner Martin Fitzsimmons of Pendlebury Close, Longton, said the property needs an £80,000 investment to stop it crumbling, and that wasn’t a viable option.
He said his original hopes of building high-spec apartments on the site were crushed by South Ribble Council, which wants retail buildings with housing above, due to being in a commercial district.
Mr Fitzsimmons said: “Young people can’t buy in this area unless they’ve got over £200,000 and this would have helped them, but the council has said no.”
Mr Fitzsimmons said the new building’s height would cause a “permissible” eight per cent light loss to number 2 Queensway, and it’s design would be in keeping.
He said: “I’m from Penwortham and I want to build a property I’m proud of. That’s why I want to reuse the original rosemary tiles, replicate local mock Tudor style, and build a glass canopy.”
He said shops are not required to provide parking spaces and recent Tree Preservation Orders have thwarted plans for a flow-through for traffic on the site.
He argues that nearly all of the retail premises in Liverpool Road were once houses, and the area needs investment.
He added: “I’m more than happy to discuss concerns with anyone.”