Plans to turn church into apartments to be approved

Plans: Developers want to create apartments on Cunliffe Street

Plans: Developers want to create apartments on Cunliffe Street

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A former church, Sunday school building and car wash will be transformed into apartments, if plans are given the go ahead.

An application to convert the buildings in Cunliffe Street, Preston, will go before the city council’s planning committee on Monday.

Officers at Preston Council will be recommending that the plans are approved.

The development would see the conversion, part demolition and extension of the existing buildings fronting Cunliffe Street, St Paul’s Road and St Paul’s Square to create four one bedroom and 10 two bedroom apartments.

A report due before the committee states: “The proposed apartments would replace existing non-residential uses within a predominantly residential area and as such would be more compatible with their surroundings.

“It is considered that the proposed development would achieve an acceptable level of residential amenity for all existing and future occupants in the area and is therefore acceptable.”

All the apartments would be on two levels, achieved by creating of a new floor level in the three buildings, which are currently all tall single storey buildings.

The former Sunday school building would become four apartments with combined lounge-kitchen-dining rooms at ground floor level and one bedroom above.

The car wash building would become five apartments with lounge-dining rooms and separate kitchens at ground level and would be increased in height to accommodate two bedrooms and a bathroom at first floor level for each apartment.

The former church building at the corner of St Paul’s Road and St Paul’s Square would become five two bedroom apartments.

All of the proposed apartments would have front doors accessed from the courtyard area which itself would be accessed via entrances onto Cunliffe Street and St Paul’s Road.

The planning meeting will be held at Preston Town Hall at 10am on Monday morning.

Councillors will also consider plans for 190 houses in Longridge, plans to redevelopment the former Cotty Brook pub site and a development at Cardinal Newman College.